June 2013

Interesting facts gleaned while in Rome: 1)The Colisseum (proper name: The Flavian Ampitheater) was financed by booty from the destroyed Jewish Temple in Jerusalem: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/ 2)The word “rostrum” (plural “rostra”) comes from the “rostra” (literally, “snouts”) displayed of old in the Foro Romano, those “rostra” being the “snouts”(battering rams) of ships, rams collected after the […]

May 2013

Rendezvous in Istanbul: I came from Qatar, Miss Roshni Panday from Bombay, my sister from Houston & our friends Molly & Bob from Durango. We stayed just two blocks from the main attractions, which we all took in, including of course the Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophyia, with its splendid dome dating back to the […]

April 2013

Books of the month: The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, Edmund de Waal The Piano Tuner, Daniel Mason In Spite of the Gods, Edward Luce Movies of the month: Guide Kon-Tiki The Perks of Being a Wallflower Süskind Temple Grandin The Thin Red Line Unusual fruit of the month (that I had never […]

March 2013

Much of March involved travel for me, from Allahabad to Delhi (via Chitrakut & Khajuraho) to Uttarakhand to Bombay to Australia. When you find yourself wanting to move about within Asia, or between Asia & Australia, take a look at www.airasia.com/ Air Asia has been named the world’s best low-cost airline for four years in […]

February 2013

After yet more Ayurvedic hot oil treatments, an excursion to Athirappilly_Falls en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athirappilly_Falls where the swimming is good both above & below the cascades; then on to Cochin, where friends were staying at the Flora Airport Hotel www.florahotelsindia.com/kochi-flora-airport-hote where the food is delicious, the service excellent, the infinity pool (seemingly) boundless, and the walk from the […]

January 2013

Welcome to 2013, and to the two men who are the focus of this month’s comments. The first, a Bombay-born Parsi whom I shall call Hormazd, whom I met in 1975 when he was still a teenager, has for many years been the captain of an LNG tanker, a $350 million ship which carries a […]

December 2012

A good month for movies, including Lincoln, Life of Pi, and Rise of the Guardians. I watched Les Miserables on Christmas Day, then Searching for Sugarman on Boxing Day night, on on a trans-Atlantic flight: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125608/ This last tells the story of Rodriguez, a Detroit native who recorded two excellent albums in 1970 & 1971. […]

November 2012

We (= Erick, Satya, Lee & I) spent the first week of November in Rio Branco, capital of Acre state, oasis of urbanity within the world’s mightiest forest: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Branco Very near to Acre is Xapuri, home of Chico Mendes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chico_Mendes While in Rio Branco we spent a night out enjoying the samba party that on […]

October 2012

October’s big news was the “Big Dance! BIG Daaaaaaance!” in Brazil’s Acre State as guests of the Yawanawa: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features http://www.yawanawa-project.org/ Four of us set out from Sao Paulo on Oct 23: besides me there were Satya Moses and Lee Carter, residents of New Hampshire both aged 17 years, and Erick Schulz, our host in S.P: […]

September 2012

Amazonia diverted me from keeping to my blog schedule; now back in online world, I can report that during September I enjoyed: Sacre Bleu – book by Christopher Moore (the color blue incarnates as a woman to inspire the Impressionists) The Changeover – book by Margaret Mahy (a girl fights an ancient fiend to rescue […]