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A Country Divided

A Country Divided

I woke up this morning cold. This is the second time this has happened. Yesterday, once my day got going, I warmed up; today however, my bones are still cold. It is early September...

Harry Potter and the Dramatic Poem

Harry Potter and the Dramatic Poem

I have been thinking about dramatic poems a lot lately; my sudden attention to them as a genre came about while watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I. Cable television now exists...

Gaurs are cool

Gaurs are cool

I have decided Gaurs are also harmless. This is my official position. Gaurs are the Indian bison that visit us almost daily. It has seemed odd to me — and a bit Indian if...

Lots of Critters….Almost, but…Not!

Lots of Critters….Almost, but…Not!

I killed a bug the other day. I think it was a mosquito, but it may have been a tiny spider hanging in mid-air from a strand of spider silk. It was an overcast...

Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk

I spent several minutes yesterday in awe over our aya and what she was doing. I had planned to make a coconut curry (Thai style) but realized we didn’t have any more coconut milk....

Kodaikanal Lake

Kodaikanal Lake

Kodaikanal has a man-made lake right in the center of the town. Indeed, the town appears to be built around the lake. I can only assume this was the intention of the original designers...

Our Aya

Our Aya

Indian culture is so much more relaxed in so many ways. Bank tellers close their windows to have tea, and customers accept it as a way of life. Any irritation is put on merely...

Nature and its animals

Nature and its animals

We have monkeys here, and a few wild horses. We can hear birds with strange calls in the morning, including one that sounds like an alarm clock. At least to me. And of course,...

Food, Glorious Food

Food, Glorious Food

Sunday is vegetable market day. It is an all-day affair, and one can easily spent a lot of time– and money — on the excursion. But there are not just vegetables — there is...

Monsoon Medley

Monsoon Medley

The Southwest Monsoon has arrived. I can verify that with a conversation I had with my cook. She speaks little English and I speak no Tamil. But she verified it nonetheless. Yesterday it poured,...