India, Part III: The Goa Compromise

India, Part III: The Goa Compromise

I guess if I had to pick my favorite brand of European colonialism, from a strictly cultural standpoint of course, it would have to be Portuguese. Oh sure, Lisbon could…

India, Part II: Hyderabad From Above and Below

India, Part II: Hyderabad From Above and Below

“Look here! This is the world’s first bathtub!” And that was it for Kory. Her bright-red face exploded all over what I’m sure was the world’s first rug. Tears streaming,…

India, Part I: Arrivals

India, Part I: Arrivals

The immigration officers at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport were a humorless lot. I was wearing the fatigue of thirteen hours in the air from Tokyo, with a brief layover…

Refraction

Refraction

Take the California roll. Please. Seaweed half a step above construction paper, stuffed with a fistful of rice, cucumbers and something tantalizingly called a “crab stick” probably isn’t what most…

Between Burrs

Between Burrs

I think it was Coltrane. I thought I heard a rebellious sax in there. He’s my default jazz guess. I wonder how many times I’ve been right. The volume was…

Tokyo Dreamin’

Tokyo Dreamin’

The giant panda in kung-fu get-up perched itself atop a mechanical cow which had just burst through a bamboo gate and was heading full tilt towards two menacing robots. The…