Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity; By Katherine Boo, @ 2012; An audiobook read by Sunil Malhotra. Abdul, 16 or 19, no one is sure not even him, has been accused of beating and burning a one-legged woman. The police are coming to get him, and he is hiding in a small shed … More Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Introduced and Translated by Eknath Easwaran; @2007 Nigiri Press, 275 pages. Dhammapada means “the path of truth, righteousness.” These are the teachings of Prince Siddhartha Gautama once he became the Buddha. If you’re like me, some if this may need a bit of explaining. And since I am new to Buddhism, I will probably get … More The Dhammapada
What would travel be if it didn’t have constraints? I’m constrained by where I have to be and when. I’m constrained because I don’t speak Hindi or Marathi. I also can’t read the script of either of these languages. I’m constrained by my poor mathematical abilities. It frightens me to divide anything by 67. I’m … More India Trip: The Overview
I want to see it all, but I can’t. In planning this trip, I feel tinier than an ant. And, I realize that I’m not going to be happy if I’m in a cab the whole time. So the things that I’ll see, I’ll have to see in area chunks. Also, I may get tired, hot, … More Mumbai Tour 1 — Slashing the Itinerary
I may have a nervous breakdown. The more I learn about India, the more I want to see and the more I cannot see because I don’t have time. Ackkk. The bride called me and she said, “Oh, Word Wabbit, you are so organized.” Really? Two months already I’ve known about this trip, and I … More There is way too much to do in India!
Introduced and translated by Eknath Easwaran, @ 2007, Nilgiri Press, 295 pages. Wow. How has it taken me so long to find and read this book? It is difficult to form words around this, but that’s the whole point of posting, so I’ll try. “Gita” means “song,” and “Bhagavad” means “Lord” or “God.” This is … More The Bhagavad Gita
This post is a benchmark post for me. Hopefully, it will withstand any desires for deletion and be here next year when I can reference it and take stock, once again. This year, not unlike last, has been challenging. During this time, I feel like I’ve been undergoing a test without end. This has been … More Good-bye 2016