Monday, December 21, 2009

link to an old podcast with my dad...

blast from the past

Sunday, July 26, 2009

In India and loving it!

So far I've been in New Delhi for three days, Ahmedabad for 3 days... In that time, I met up with and visited the following people/places:

Delhi People
Delhi Places
Ahmedabad People

Ahmedabad Places
  • Gujarat Vidyapith
  • Gandhi Ashram
  • Manav Sadhna
  • Crosswords Bookstore
  • Seva Cafe
more to come soon....

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

1st day in India

For the first day, I mostly (and unashamedly) relaxed... Went to a local beauty parlor with Seema... I think it was called Hair We Are... and there we were, treated to an ever so relaxing oil head massage... Quite decadent and reviving after the 14+ hour trip from Newark the previous night.

Later that evening we went out to dinner... for sushi at Ai. Quite a unique experience... for example the starters were dumplings wrapped in edible rice paper... Even though I gamely ate it, I couldn't shake the feeling that I was eating paper. But the rest of the food was delicious. Especially the soups, the noodles and the mango/avocado rolls (what's not to love about my favorite fruit and favorite vegetable rolled into one!?)

But what's with this new phenomenon of restaurants in exclusive shopping malls?
In my opinion it takes away from the charm of being in India... One could be anywhere in the world (except for the fact that I've never seen a high-end restaurant in a shopping mall in the U.S.) I guess it's one way to "keep the riff-raff out." Ah well... will have v. different experiences throughout this trip and this is but one.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Arrival in India

Monday July 20th, I arrived in the evening and was wheeled into and out of the airport due to my broken toe. As a friend pointed out over email, a broken toe is "good for something, after all."

Was whisked thereafter to friends' Seema and Ajay's place where was lavished with warm attention. Got to see their kids Pal and Pri all grown up and tall. To lean on the much worn cliche, my how time does fly!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The F word


I love love love love love love love love this word. Facetious. Facetious. Faceeeeeeeeeeeeeetious. Love how it sounds. Love what it means. All around. Love it.

What’s funny is, for the longest time (through high school and most of college) I would encounter this word in books, but never quite know what it meant, and yet while I was mildly curious, I never bothered to look it up. Call it the laziness of the callow-minded? Or am I being facetious? :P

And then, one day, I did look it up. And then I was like, oh holy cow, I like this word! A lot! So I adopted it. And gave it a room in my brain.

It is now a teenager and feels free to run amok in my conversations, popping up as it pleases. And I indulge it. Facetiously, of course.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Ten things

When Sundry from Any Given Sundry tagged me to write about "ten things you did in 2008 that you're happy about or proud of" I had to laugh. On the next to last day of 2008 I had the kids in the library do a similar project, where they made mini-books in which they listed their "Eight bests of Oh Eight." Thanks for the opportunity for some reflection, Sundry! And, because I have the tendency to procrastinate, I am going to do this. Right now.

Okay so here goes.

Ten big and small things I am proud of having done in 2008

1. Living through a whole month-plus of no heat in NYC. I realize it's not something to be inordinately proud of, but I'm glad that I somehow got through that time without unduly losing my cool. (Pun intended.)

2. Writing a pathfinder on the elusive topic of "Happiness" for my reference class.

3. Learning something about gardening. (A very minuscule amount, really, but just enough to be able to introduce kids to the fledgling garden near our library.) I accomplished this by befriending and talking to gardeners at the community garden near my old place. (I will really miss living there!)

4. Striking out on my own. (Getting a studio apartment for the first time.) This one speaks for itself.

5. Reconnecting with an old friend. Nuff said. You know who you are. :)

6. Secret goal accomplished. (And no, wild horses won't drag it from me.)

7. Learning about digital imaging at grad school.

8. Learning how to design and put up a modest website.

9. Becoming more honest and kind to my sister.

10. Acknowledging the truth about life to myself.

Now do I get to tag someone? Hmm... who shall it be? I think I'm going to tag Jeannette Langmead from Alone in Kudamatsu. I cannot remember how I found her blog, but when I did, I thought it fascinating enough to subscribe to it... I hope she'll play! :-)

Friday, January 02, 2009

authentic baloney

so on the right side of my FB page, I am being advertised to by Yahoo....

they say:

Meet Single Men
Meet authentic people like you who are serious about dating. Find singles on Yahoo! Personals looking for long-term relationships.

Hmm... so if I go through Yahoo I will meet authentic people, but otherwise the people will be made out of plastic or some other fake material? or they will not be humans at all but robots?