November 2010

Cities visited: Amsterdam, Oxford, London, Haifa, Oxford, San Giovanni in Persiceto, and Dublin. On my return to the USA I washed away my jet lag at the Turkish & Russian Baths (, and finally made it to the JP Morgan Library ( After watching The Cats of Mirikitani, a documentary about a homeless painter scarred […]

October 2010

Cities visited: Amsterdam, Oxford, London, Haifa, Oxford, San Giovanni in Persiceto, and Dublin. Noteworthy sights (transitory): a swarm of ladybirds (North Americans call them ladybugs), of at least four different varieties, covering the façade of Oxford’s Iffley Church; and, later in the month, a flock of several hundred pelicans flying south for the winter, not […]

September 2010

A busy month for me, first in New Hampshire, lecturing & working on my Vastu book (which is soon to appear!), & swimming in Dublin Lake; then in New Jersey & New York State; and then in The City, where I participated in the first three days of the Shri Ganesha Festival at the Broome […]

August 2010

Amusing websites: Worthy exhibition: the paintings of Charles M. Russell (I saw it at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts). Russell, renowned for recording the Old West on canvas, also became a sincere friend to many of the Native Americans whose disappearing lifestyles he was documenting ( Restaurant to […]

July 2010

While in southern France in 1998 I was privileged to rejoice with my hosts when France, led by Zinedine Zidane, defeated Brazil in the World Cup final. Wherever I was in 2002, I watched Brazil defeat Germany in that year’s final, alternately cheering on Ronaldo and Oliver Kahn. While in Barcelona I sat amazed during […]

June 2010

Thanks to Happy Cow (, it is now easier than ever before for a traveler to locate vegetarian restaurants. Among such establishments, some stand out from the pack. This month I was fortunate to dine in three of them: Lotus Pond Vegetarian Restaurant in Toronto = Happy Family in Southern California = The […]

May 2010

Yeti Restaurant ( – tasty, wholesome Himalayan food provided by genial Nepalis in Glen Ellen, deep in the Sonoma wine country Jhanjay ( – Seattle boasts at least two vegetarian Thai restaurants, both on 45th Street, Jhanjay west of I-5 (Araya, east) Kindle Café ( – Vincent Peterson offers organic vegetarian/vegan catering & cooking classes, […]

April 2010

As March had substantially waned when Dr. Claudia Welch reached Byronshire, most of what she saw & did there happened during April, including the sight of two dozen dolphins frolicking off Cape Byron underneath a most spectacular (and spectacularly symmetrical) inbound thunderstorm, the vista of flocks of both black & white cockatoos, and kookaburras galore; […]

March 2010

Egad! Memorial Day is upon us, and I have again neglected the updating of my blog. I therefore return in time to northern New South Wales (Australia), where I spent the entirety of the month of March enjoying forest, beach, and wildlife (including a close and friendly encounter with a python on the verandah during […]

January and February 2010

My first act of the New Year (after ushering out the Old by saluting the midnight lunar eclipse that punctuated my arrival in India) was to accompany two of Mrs. Punshi’s nephews to Bombay’s electric crematorium at Chandanwadi to collect one-third of her immolated remains, which will accompany me to Benares for immersion in the […]