Wi-fi Jai!

Jaipur, Rajasthan 9:40 p.m. Well, the good news is that we have finally emerged from the rather bleak confines of Paharganj’s Hotel Shelton, making our escape in the dead of night via Toyota Qualis and arriving at 2 this morning to the Arya Niwas hotel in downtown Jaipur. My travel partner Sara, who gamely absorbed a…

Bunty Ji

Paharganj, Delhi 10:04 p.m. Bunty runs a little roadside restaurant on one end of the Paharganj Main Bazaar called the Madan Café. He can be seen above while accidentally walking into the frame as I was trying to shoot the beautiful blue and white cotton-clad cow who was pulling someone down the road right in front of…

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,…

Welcome to India–zap!

Ah, welcome to India. It has been a frustrating couple of days of delayed jet-lag and nasty technical difficulties. In a solid and until now largely successful stab at wishful thinking, neither my road film producer nor I had fully wrapped our brains around one of the more obvious perils of trying to do any…

Mumbai Landing

Neem Karoli Baba Maharaj ki jai! Landed. Still working out kinks of blogland–can I really not cut and paste my previously-written post from a word doc? grumble mumble… Well, no time now to figure that out–meeting a Mumbai friend for lunch in 10 minutes. But, quickly: landed fine, smooth flights, with all my luggage actually…

Blast Off!

It’s on now: T-minus 3 hours, and counting, until I roll out of the driveway, leaving the New England snowfields behind in favor of spending the bulk of the next 24 hours cruising 7 miles above the crust of the earth. Bags are zippered up, last hot bath is steaming and beckoning to me as…