Category Archives: 2015

Buildings and Books

At 5:30 am today, the air was cool and damp. The sky was cloudy. We didn’t see the sunrise. Rather, the sky gradually lightened, becoming less eerie and more normal by the minute. The Taj before tourists arrive is magnificent; … Continue reading

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Train (of) Thoughts

On the train from Deradhun to Delhi, there’s ample leg room, airplane-style food and time. No wi-fi here, but hours to write, which is something. After Bangalore, we flew to Kerala and went to the last places I was familiar … Continue reading

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An Impossible Equation

In the dark, well-air conditioned room on Dr. Sheshagiri Rao’s farm, the setting is perfect for falling asleep. The other members of our Dialogue and I have seen better days, physically speaking. We smell like sunscreen, bug spray and jars of … Continue reading

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Engineering Good

First stop: Mumbai. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a week since our Dialogue began. Everything is still new for us, but we’re beginning to get adjusted. We endure a heat that is exactly the opposite of Boston’s most … Continue reading

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Salaam Germany

Hallo from Munich! When you’re travelling solo, aloneness is a given. And it’s mostly nice. I had time to nap and think and finish my book. By the time I was finally in the Boston international terminal last night, however, … Continue reading

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Bags Packed

Leaving for India the second time around feels more casual than it did the first. In some ways, things are easier. Apparently, the leftover heavy-duty insect repellant, the electricity adapters and the packets of powdered electrolytes spent the entire year in my closet waiting … Continue reading

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