Archive for August, 2009

Kochi to Ooty to Mysore

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The roads were still a mess going out of Kochi so it took us longer than it should have to get to Tamil Nadu – huge puddles, total washouts, diversions, awful traffic.  Progress was painful.  We’d noticed lots of auto repair shops along the road out of town; now we know why. Good thing we […]

Periyar to Kochi

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Periyar to Lake Kumarakom I’ve started writing this in the early morning at the dining table aboard our houseboat as the crew prepares to shove off from a little coconut palm-studded island where we’ve spent the night for a two-and-a-half hour cruise back across the lake to the sumptuous Kumarakom Lake Resort.   What a terrific […]

Pondicherry, Tanjore & Maderai

Friday, August 28th, 2009

On the way to Tanjore, we picked up another guide and did three more 1000-year-old temples – Chidambaram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, and Darasuram.   I don’t mean any disrespect, but frankly they all look alike to me.   One thing special about Chidambaram were the enormous elaborately carved black wood “chariots” parked outside the temple.  They were building-high […]

Mamallapuram to Pondicherry

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) Next morning we packed up and moved out, on our way to see some famous rock carvings.    I’m not sure what I expected, but whatever it was, what we saw exceeded it.  I’m a little fuzzy on the exact dates of the Pallava and Chola dynasties (about a thousand years ago, I think, […]

Hui Yindu 2

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Hyderabad ISB provides very pleasant accommodations for visiting faculty.  Our apartment has an adequately equipped kitchen, a dining area and a living room corner; one bedroom with a comfortable queen-sized bed; a bath, of course; an office with a desk and computer connections; and lots of storage space.   There’s also a terrace accessible from the […]

Hui Yindu

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

“Hui Yindu” means to go back to India, in Mandarin! I’m still taking 50-minute Mandarin lessons five mornings a week via Skype. The school is called echineselearning.com and it works just great. You get a primary teacher to take you through the heavy lifting textbook stuff like vocabulary, grammar, sentence construction and so on. When […]

Rediscovering America

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

What makes traveling so interesting is that from the moment you enter the airspace of a new place all your senses are engaged, anticipating the unfamiliar.  What’s different about the way this place looks?   The landscape, the architecture, the people and how they dress and act?   What new smells do we experience?   How does their […]