Month March 2011

New experience after R2I: Censorship

Flipping through the WSJ Magazine in Delhi, I see this:Censorship in India

Excerpt from the Act:

POWERS & FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL
13.(2) (b) to build up a code of conduct for newspapers, news agencies and journalists in accordance with high professional standards

Goodbye First Amendment and pretty advertisements. Welcome high professional standards.

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Home food and cooking after R2I

Home food cooking in India after R2I

Please address me as Maharaja Jeloka. Organic this and sautéed that, whole grain something with Spanish something, and a drink that’s got New Orleans and Assam!

Our R2I home meals are indeed more lavish than in Boston.

The good

Meenal calls ahead so the cook can have most things prepared. The first time, she shows him how its done. Every time after that, dinner takes 15 Meenal minutes! I make the cocktails.

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90 F in March. F for Fahrenheit or ****?

New Delhi weather in MarchMumbai weather in March

In Delhi’s defense, the heat is dry – no humidity. It doesn’t feel half as bad as Boston’s humid 90 degrees F days.

But summer is almost here. I won’t be defending anything in a few weeks.

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India in pictures: An Indian night

India in pictures: Ajmer, Rajasthan. 2001.Ajmer, Rajasthan. 2011.

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Welcome R2I Club Forum users!

You have our page views off the charts!

Before anything else, start with our Return to India (R2I) guide

After that, pull up a blanket and enjoy Delhi Ledger! A few comments with your thoughts would be great!

Prashant and Meenal (R2I Delhi, October 2010)

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Shipping to India & R2I customs duty tips from ‘Gabbar the shipper’

Shipping to India: Excess baggage with 7 Israeli military bagsPHOTO: Flying to India with 7 check-in bags (3 excess) bought from the Army Navy store

Prashant and I used air and sea shipping for carrying our clothes and furniture to Gurgaon/Delhi before R2I from USA in October, 2010. All the shipping companies were sneaky and we missed not having Gabbar Singh from Shole fight for us. If you are going to be shipping to India, these Gabbar the Shipper tips should help you.

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Quality of life after returning to India is challenging outside our bubble

Quality of life in India after R2IPHOTO: Driving in India’s capital after R2I Delhi. Usually, there is no caution tape.

Today is Sunday. That means that the driver is off and we need to drive everywhere. The romance of the great quality of life after moving to India seems naïve today, even foolish. What if that guy had run into me? What if I hadn’t seen that pile of concrete in the middle of the highway? We can’t dial 911. The rawness of the Delhi experience outside of our bubble is dangerous and I am feeling scared. I miss safety. After re-entering the bubble of our new Gurgaon home, I sought intellectual solace on the New York Times – where wise people talk about wise things. And I found Mr. Joseph.

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Quality of life is good inside our bubble after our return to India (R2I), January – March 2011

Waiting to enter the Jahan-e-Khusrau outdoor music festival in Humayun's Tomb PHOTO: Waiting to enter the Jahan-e-Khusrau outdoor music festival in Humayun’s Tomb

I’m going to do something in this paragraph that’s a strict no-no for husbands. But I’m going to break the code. I have to – she was always less skeptical than me but I had stuck to my guns before moving to India. So here goes – I was wrong Meenal. You were right.

What did I do so wrong that I feel compelled to ruin it for all husbands? Before shipping out, I was convinced that our quality of life after returning to India was going to suck. In fact, I was so convinced that I bought the best noise cancelling headphones that money could by. I was naïve, what can I say?

Here are some of the things of 2011 that makes our quality of life not just better than crap, but pretty darn good.

Music, art and theatre after we R2I Delhi

  • We watched 8 plays and enjoyed 4.5 of them. All of them were screened in the central Delhi area, about an hour from our home in Gurgaon.
  • The idea of attending a real Sufi Qawwali concert in a Darga has always sounded very cool to me. So 10 days ago, we left our expensive shoes at Meenal’s parents house and wore cheaper footwear through the depths Nizamuddin. Attending the qawwali concert at the Nizamuddin darga was fantastic and we are planning to go again in 2 weeks. Watch the audio slideshow of our visit.
  • We attended the Jahan-e-Khusrau outdoor music festival for 2 evenings in the beautiful Humayun’s tomb. The yearly festival celebrated the 14th century poet Amir Khusrow and featured some of the best Sufi artists from India and Pakistan!
  • I found myself thoroughly moved by the Anish Kapoor exhibit at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi. I’d never seen anything like it before – accessible, clever and scientific art. A business idea for Mr. Kapoor – please mass produce your smaller sized works and sell them to poor souls (like me).

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Delhi Ledger R2I blog and Google fall in love!

First 4 hits are from Delhi Ledger R2I (moving to India) blog!Delhi Ledger r2i delhi blog

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