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Mushrooming Neighborhoods Posted by on Jul 20, 2017

Building under construction

I’m currently traveling in India and my work brings me to a relatively newer sprawl of the Bengaluru city (shahar). This area , (yeh jagah) which has mushroomed (panapaa hai) as a response to the IT industry, is peppered with paying guest accommodations. Every morning (har subah) a veritable ocean of young professionals in the IT…

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Veggies on the Road … Posted by on Jul 13, 2017

Vegetarianism is a new fad in the Western world. However, I’ve been a vegetarian  (shakahari) all my life and I’ve never ever eaten even a sliver of meat  (maans) or fish  (macchi). Contrary to what many believe, it is not difficult to be a vegetarian  , although it can sometimes get a little challenging when I’m traveling.…

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Trades and Crafts Posted by on Jul 5, 2017

As I was out taking a walk under a rain-cloud laden sky this morning in Mumbai, I passed a vibrant streetside display of garden planters for sale. There were terracotta planters of a variety of sizes, shapes, and finishes from plain earthen to colorful patterns. The pots were handmade, probably by a local artisan or…

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Portuguese in Hindi (Part 3): A Tale of Trade, Travel and Cultural Tension Posted by on Jun 26, 2017

Welcome back/आपका स्वागत है (Aapka svaagat hai)/Bem vindo de volta! Parts 1 and 2 of this blog series were devoted to the history of Portuguese rule and presence in India; however, the end goal of this series was to discuss the Portuguese language’s influence on Hindi, which will be addressed in this entry. Although the…

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Professions Posted by on Jun 16, 2017

When you are in a new place, exchanging pleasantries and sharing a few things about yourself always serve as great ice-breakers. For example, when I was traveling in a colectivo in Mexico one summer, an elderly gentleman struck up a conversation with me. When he found out that I am a teacher, the conversation took…

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