September 2011

Unusual Toronto sighting: a baby mink rushing along the beach into Lake Ontario, late morning. Heard in Toronto: “true that” (a modernization of the more conventional, “That’s true.”) Heard in New Hampshire, the use of “daft” to mean “impressive” (e.g. “that was a daft 360”) Seen in NH, these websites: and BTW – […]

August 2011

A road trip during the month’s first third, the participants being yours truly, his sister, Miss Roshni Panday, and Arish & Kurush Dubash, Roshni’s two semi-nephews. Having rendezvoused at Oakland airport, and lunched enjoyably the Golden Lotus (vegetarian Vietnamese) Restaurant we sped over to the coast, for a night at Gualala. Driving northerly the […]

July 2011

Sighted in CR: down by the river, a tayra (not quite an otter, bigger than a marten); in a tree near a spring, a brown speckled juvenile heron; in several wet spots, green & white poison dart frogs. And crawling slowly along the lawn one mid-day, a GIGANTIC insect: a Mydas fly, which with its […]

June 2011

A calm and quiet month in Costa Rica, enjoying delicious food in many locations, including Delicia, which not only offered sumptuous portions of toothsome Chinese vegan dishes, but also high mountain Taiwanese tea, properly prepared & served by proprietress Isabel Lin. You may be able to reach her (in Spanish) on the restaurant’s landline (2228-8807), […]

May 2011

In early May, a road trip: Sebastopol to Ashland, OR, with a stop en route at The Olive Pit (; the next night in Portland; then a pleasant (= partly sunny) week in Seattle, where in addition to enjoying the company of various old friends I cheered as the Mariners beat the Rangers (thanks to […]

April 2011

Before commencing with April, one further experience from March: the opening of a show at Gallery BMB, located conveniently just a few minutes walk from where I lay my head in Bombay. Impresario: Navneet Raman, of Kriti Gallery, Varanasi []. Artist: Tatiana Musi, of Mexico, in India to paint scenes from nature: Among the […]

March 2011

On the 27th of February at 5am I arrived at the Deer Park Institute ( ), readying myself for the final seminar I would deliver before my (self-imposed) sabbatical. The Deer Park Institute was originally the monastery of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, a.k.a. Khyentse Norbu, who is best known for the films he has […]

February 2011

Much travel during this shortest of months, including my annual pilgrimage to Kashi. A Varanasi vignette: at Assi Ghat, a beggar-monkey couple. Quite inseparable, the two dine together, snooze together; in quiet moments the monkey picks lice out of its master’s (matted) hair. They’ve been together so long that each now resembles the other, which […]

January 2011

Before I begin with events in 2011, I need to mention two memorable locations from 2010: the lock on the Thames at Iffley (Oxford), and in Texas, Natural Bridge Caverns. The lock and its rollers, which offers boat persons a way to ascend or descend the river sedately, is a favorite of strollers (including me); […]

December 2010

December was the month during which I made it a point to watch the first half of the seventh and final Harry Potter movie, which I found much better than #6, and possibly (with the potential exception of #3) the best thus far. Things did not look good for our hero at the end of […]