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A Tranquil Surprise – and a Reality Check

Published on October 18, 2006, by in Uncategorized.

In the midst of the clamour of the Paharganj market district, about 100 yards in from the busy 6-lane road and the massive concrete structure of the Metro overhead at one end of the main street through the marketplace, I saw a sign and gateway.

 
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Henna Hands

Published on October 18, 2006, by in Delhi, India.

For henna painting on your hands, world-class artists are sitting on the main street that runs through Delhi’s Paharganj district. Here’s a sample . . . Click on the image to enlarge. This is done every year at this time for the festival of Karwa Chauth. (http://www.karwachauth.com/the-legend-of-karwa-chauth.html) Two artists work simultaneously. One works the left hand, and the other creates the exact mirror image design on the other. This took about 20 minutes. I didn’t ask the price because there’s a basic marketplace rule around the world . . . if you are not serious about buying, don’t ask.

 
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Four Days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Published on October 18, 2006, by in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

When much of your life has been lived in cities like New York and Chicago, it is hard to imagine a major city that is so different from those places, yet as exciting and inspirational. Kuala Lumpur is one such. Like all great metropolises, KL has at least one icon, in this case, the 1,381 ft tall Petronas Towers, for a while – and thanks to a tricky definition that would have put Texas voter redistricting to shame – the tallest building in the world. There is more text below the photos. But, as everywhere else in this web site,

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Lost in Delhi; Found in Manhattan

Published on October 19, 2006, by in Delhi, India.

I was fortunate in the taxi driver I’d hired for a day-long tour of New Delhi highlights chosen from my guidebooks and research.

 
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Gandhi’s Memorial Park (Gandhi Rajghat)

Published on October 19, 2006, by in Delhi, India.

New Delhi is one of the most over-populated, dense, crowded, jammed together, claustrophobic, delimited, pressed in, bethronged, enjostled, cramped, packed, crushed, squeezed, tight, heaped, swarmed, mobbed, clogged cities in the world. Even more so than the previous sentence.

 
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I Think I Saw This Marx Bros’ Movie

Published on October 21, 2006, by in Delhi, India, Trains.

I had spent too much time shopping in the Karol Bargh Market and the other in Paharganj, followed by a final afternoon enjoying rest of the fantastic Delhi Metro system, that I  did not get back to the Megha Sheraton, to pick up my bags, until 5:10pm, almost 1/2 hour later than I had been advised. That put everything at risk. I was to pay the price, literally, in sweat and rupees.

 
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Open For Business

Published on October 21, 2006, by in India.

What a shock. I just used my debit card at a Bank of India ATM in Delhi to withdraw pocket cash. WARNING – do not casually discard the little printed receipt that the machine spits out at you along with the cash.

 
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The Delhi Train Station

Published on October 21, 2006, by in Delhi, India, Trains, Varanasi.

It is a scene that Bruegel might have painted in a fever or Dante reserved for one of the innermost circles of Hell.

 
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Brown Bread Cafe

Published on October 22, 2006, by in India, Varanasi.

At Noon I am in Varanasi in an Internet carrel at The Brown Bread Bakery, also known as Olio Restaurant and Ice-Cream Parlor, also known as OM Cyber Cafe, also known as Harashita Sarees and Silk Emporiium, all in a space not much larger than the necessary room in modern home. The welcome is much larger. The computer I used to check my email contained a ton of spyware but after downloading, installing and running Ad-Aware, the free spyware cleaner from www.lavasoft.com, I found and removed 160 infections. I also showed the owner how to do this daily from now

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Overnight Train Delhi to Varanasi

Published on October 22, 2006, by in Delhi, India, Trains, Varanasi.

This was not the deluxe train I’d expected. The carriage was probably 40 or 50 years old. Everything was the same shade of pale green one sees in the below-ground corridors of hospitals and governmental buildings around the world.

 
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