India Travel – March 15, 2012

12:53 a.m. Ah, finally: I have left Delhi, and after a dusty 4 hour+ ride have made it back to Vrindavan area, near Shyamdas’ home in Jatipura overlooking the big temple on Govardhan Hill. 10 days after getting off the airplane, I am finally back in India! Chilled out at Shyam’s for a couple hours…

Back to Rajasthan

Jaipur, Rajasthan, 8:18 p.m.  Finally, dear Delhi departed—huzzah! Not a moment too soon, I swear. I hopped a pre-dawn ride with my friend Raju’s driver Mukesh, who was returning to Jaipur at 6 a.m.—worth waking up early to grab that easy flow. Groggy as I was, it felt great to enter incredible and evocative Rajasthan again,…

From Shopping to Sickbay

9 a.m.  Slammed. This sore throat started creeping up on me last evening, just after getting an ayurvedic oil massage that left me diving for a shower to wash all the oil and powder off of my Delhi’d skin. I’d hoped that with extra doses of super-green powder, probiotics and Yin Chiao I’d be able…

Paharganj Bizarre

9:37 a.m. A bleary morn on the Paharganj main bazaar. New hotel room here at the Hotel Shelton—or as the rooftop restaurant here says on the menu, the Hotel Sheltron. (My alter-ego, Typo Man, could spend his entire incarnation here correcting creative English spelling.) Beds here are, shall we say, firm. Which is to say,…