Category: India

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Hati-Hati: A Brief Ethnography of the Javanese Motorist

9/29/2015 – Java is an island of middling size afloat in the Indian Ocean in the western part of the Indonesian archipelago. It is known for its coffee,…

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Backwaters & Reflections

3/3/2014 – As we moved south from the festival site, traversing bumpy roads leading through the outskirts of Thrissur and Cochin, the landscape got progressively wetter and more…

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Uthralikavu Pooram

3/2/2014 – The first sign of the Uthralikavu festival came as we drove into town and saw a huge wooden gate, lashed together with rough coconut fiber ropes…

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The Road to Cochin

3/1/2014 – Descending from the cool, misty hills near Munnar the heat and humidity rose once more, this time to a whole new level of you’re-sweaty-5-minutes-after-getting-out-of-the-shower. Air conditioning…

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Munnar

2/23/2014 – I’d never really understood the term “hairpin turn” until we drove the road to Munnar. From our hotel in Madurai, we crossed the fertile plains planted…

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Madurai

2/22/2014 – Entering Madurai I was immediately struck by the sense of calm. Relative calm mind you. Indian calm–cows and motorbikes still vied for space on the road…

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Chennai & Mahabalipuram

2/19/2014 – During the past few days, we have flown to Chennai, India’s capital of IT industries and, apparently, terrifyingly nonsensical traffic. Chennai is considered a “small” city…

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Mumbai

2/17/2014 – Spices, sweat and smog: the smell of Mumbai is perhaps its one constant feature. Not unpleasant just strange, new, foreign, both good and bad all mixed…

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We’ve Arrived

2/15/2014 – We’ve arrived safe and sound in Mumbai and by some miracle our bags even arrived with us. We arrived into the brand new terminal at the…

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Getting ready…

2/7/2014 – The countdown has begun in earnest! My co-worker, Heather, and I leave Thursday for Chicago, connecting to Doha and onto Mumbai, somehow ending up on the…