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

Air Asia has been named the world’s best low-cost airline for four years in a row, most recently, in 2012:

Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Air Asia makes zipping about this part of the world affordable, and (relatively) easy. Next month I will take Scoot (about which I have also heard good things) to Singapore, and will report.

Travel provides ample time for reading & watching. Noteworthy books read during March:

The Excellence of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barberry

A Free Man, Aman Sethi

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon

Worthwhile movies watched during the month:



Cloud Atlas



George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Nine Queens

Amazingly, Bernie is a true story:

Also noteworthy:

Gut bacteria remain in the news:

At month’s end I was offered two opportunities to attend the Byron Bay Blues Fest, and turned both down, daunted by the effort that would have been required to drive half an hour in the rain (it always rains during Blues Fest), park, and walk through the mud in order to be surrounded by crowds of unknown-to-me attendees (far smaller crowds, no doubt, than the masses that surrounded me at the Kumbha Mela). Maybe next year …