Stranger in a Strange Land
Tales of a Year Abroad


Greetings from sunny Ahmedabad, Gujarat India! 

I suspect most of you who have found this blog did so because you are family or friends. If you're neither family nor (technically) friend, welcome and I hope you read something that tickles your funny bone, evokes some sort of reaction/emotion, or enlightens you to a world beyond your own. 

This blog hopes to accomplish many things. It is a space for me to record my exploits, observations, and thoughts as this year progresses and unfolds. It is a space for my family and friends to keep a watchful eye on me. It is a chronicle of my adventure in this magnificently foreign land. 

I will try to be as truthful and fair as possible; I will try to be as accurate as perception allows. I will try to be equally informative and entertaining. My only request of you, dear reader (whomever you are) is that you keep an open mind and heart. 

So once again, namaste--hello and welcome!


Tina, have an amazing time my friend. I'll be thinking of you.

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Hodgepodge and Miscellany

The land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendour and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Alladin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of hundred nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of traditions, whose yesterday's bear date with the modering antiquities for the rest of nations-the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest for alien prince and alien peasant, for lettered and ignorant, wise and fool, rich and poor, bond and free, the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined.
- Mark Twain

In India, I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth, but not adhering to it, inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything, but possessed by nothing.
- Appolonius Tyanaeus

If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.
-Romain Rolland