State parks near Delhi, India – Meenal’s beautiful gift to me

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You remember me bitching about not seeing any Earth. And you remember me crooning about my geyser romance for Meenal. But Meenal is a goddess – she showed me Earth and one upped my cheesy love with her gift.

She took me to Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary (Sultanpur Jheel), about an hour drive from Gurgaon with all the ingredients of perfection: a semi-cloudy day, trees as far as the eye could see, water, birds of all sizes, deer, peacocks, fancy cheese, baguette and Fullers London’s Pride beer. On the way out, it started raining and a wild rabbit crossed our path.

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Bad things about India and what I miss about America after R2I

Prashant in Smoky Mountains in the deep south, 2006
1. Earth

Life should be oozing from every nook in the Indian subcontinent with it’s rich soil, warm temperatures and yearly monsoons. But cities, towns and villages in India have long defaced this natural order. I miss tree lined streets, the daily walk home from the subway station and the state parks of Massachusetts.

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Kickass home food and cooking after R2I – again!

Fancy food after R2I

King Jeloka has been served – again. My queen Meenal has found a way to my heart through my stomach.

Prep time

5 Meenal minutes immediately after returning from the gym

1. Five spice vegetables medley

Roasted squash, zucchini, eggplant, and onions sautéed in olive oil and with whole red chili pepper and a hint of fennel and honey. Salt and pepper to taste.

2. Couscous

Every whole foods visiting yuppie knows how to make this.

3. Stuffed green peppers

Boiled whole green pepper, cut in half, stuffed with corn and tomatoes, baked with cheese.

4. Sweet and spicy cucumber salad

Raw cucumbers with a sweet and spicy Thai dressing

 

Beverage of choice

Clean water

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Quality of life after R2I – Single car crash inside our luxury bubble

We were driving with the air conditioning brushing against our silky hair. Suddenly, we hear a BOOM CRANK HISS and we were stalled. WTF?

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Delhi Ledger crosses 20,000 page views

21,757 Page views!

5.5 months (November 15, 2010 – May 3, 2011)

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Garamchai.com listing stats for Delhi Ledger

On April 3, Raj at Garamchai listed Delhi Ledger as a blog for R2I. Following their referral stats between April 3 – May 3, Delhi Ledger seems to be very popular with their readers.

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Big brother was watching: Heat map of your clicks on Delhi Ledger

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Speed and reliability of internet after R2I, moving to India – broadband cable and mobile data card

20101225-IMG_7551PHOTO: Airtel is a major telecom provider in India. Advertisement in a ‘dhaba’ (street fast food joint).

Update April 26, 2011

Very slow internet – tech, customer and email support. 5 days of pain. Airtel sucks but internet providers run monopolies in most areas. Details

Update March 11, 2011

Slow internet, tech support, speed returns. Details

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Given internet’s crucial place in the continuity of civilization, you can imagine my internet concerns before moving to India. Is broadband going to be fast enough? Will the connection in Gurgaon be reliable or will I spend all my time on the phone with Bob from Bangalore? Do they sell data cards so I can get my fix when I’m on the move?

Worry not. All your fan mail will reach me at lightning speed…

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Delhi in pictures – summer, kids and a fountain

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As we drove around a rotary/roundabout, this scene put a smile on our face. The pictures scream FUN!

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Signs of progress – Delhi Police towed and ticketed us

Traffic in India is not pretty. However, there are some instances when the Police actually do their job. Never before have I been overjoyed at being towed or ticketed.

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PHOTO: Our ‘tourist taxi’ getting towed in Lajpat Nagar in December – one of the few places where parking rules are enforced. They let us go after we paid $9 (Rs.400) on the spot and got an official ticket (no bribe).

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Cost of living in India – Car mileage for 2011

We drive a small/mid-sized sedan (Chevy Optra). Since the beginning of March, air conditioning is used regularly. Not aware of any pilferage.

Cost of living in India 2011 - Car mileage

Economist.com ran a story on car ownership costs across some big cities. Delhi is pretty high up there.

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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 ****?

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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

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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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