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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Postcards from the edge

OK, I guess I owe you some kind of explanation so here goes:

1.  I can't see my site.  Yes, that's correct... the part of India where I am (Mumbai) has my site blocked for some reason.  Therefore I had no idea that I had double posted my previous entry until a few kind souls clued me in. 

2.  I can read your wonderful comments thanks to the email notification, but I can't respond.  You see, responding to your comments would require me to be able to leave a comment of my own... which would require being able to actually see my site.  See item # 1.

3.  I have been working 16 hour days here and have had almost no time for personal stuff.  Touring has been slim to none... and even my family have had only the occasional phone call.  So if you're feeling neglected, get in line behind Zahava and the kids.

I have no idea if Delhi and Goa will be any better in terms of site access, but in case this situation continues for the duration of my trip I will simply post a couple of pictures every day or so... sort of 'postcards from the edge'.  Feel free to comment.  As I said, I can read your comments via the email notification... I just can't respond on-line.  If you say something truly inspired I'll probably send you a direct email response.

So here we go...

First up is a picture I took from the back window of my taxi of a family outing, India style.  Note that not only is the mother sitting side saddle (with a newborn on her lap out of sight), but there are a total of 5 people on this motorcycle! 
Family_outing_2

Next is flower stand where the flowers and customers seemed to be in competition for brightest colors:
Flower_stand

Here is another pic of the side-saddle posture that I find so fascinating.  I understand why they are sitting this way (because of the saree), but how is it that they seem to have absolutely no fear of falling off?!

Sidesaddle_scooter

Last up for today is my nightstand in the hotel where I'm staying.  I'm used to finding the Gideon's Bible in the nightstand when I travel.  I usually just check i into the close so i can use the drawer for my tallit and tefillin.  But this time when I opened the drawer I noticed that the Gideon folks have some competition.  Along with the ubiquitous bible is a copy of Bhagavad-Gita.  Nice to see that they have all the bases covered.  :-)

Covering_all_the_bases

I'll try to put up another postcard from the edge tomorrow night.

Posted by David Bogner on January 20, 2007 | Permalink

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Love that pic of the flower stall. Thanks and ---more, please.

As for the side saddle stance, upperclass Englishwomen up till the early years of the 20th century who went foxhunting always rode sidesaddle, as much for Tzniut reasons (though they wouldn't have called it that) as for practicalities of clothing.

And since that involved high speed galloping and jumps over hedges, it was a lot more dangerous than riding sidesaddle on a scooter.

The scooter riders are probably in more danger from the lack of a helmet than they are from sitting sidesaddle.

Posted by: Judy | Jan 21, 2007 12:38:59 AM

David try PK Blogs.

Their tagline says:

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Posted by: Jack | Jan 21, 2007 4:54:02 AM

Enjoy the rest of the trip! When do you return to Israel?

Posted by: tnspr569 | Jan 21, 2007 1:19:55 PM

shavuah tov trepp...looks like you are having a great time...keep those blogs and photos coming in...yahoooooo...and like tnspr569 i too ask when are you coming home? stay safe

Posted by: marallyn | Jan 21, 2007 2:24:18 PM

Good old "tfidanit" (the tefillin holder on the left) goes everywhere...maybe you can get an elephant to stand on it and take a picture for their ads...

Posted by: westbankmama | Jan 21, 2007 6:42:58 PM

Tell yuu whadd, boooooey....ahm. Yes.
What I was trying to say was, hey, the cover/pouch looks "handmade"! And it's actually beautiful! So, do people use handmade covers? Because that doubt of mine is the sole reason for not putting at least one into my shop.

Posted by: Account Deleted | Jan 21, 2007 6:53:29 PM

a.: Yes, it is hand-made (albeit not by me!). I bought it for Trep for his 35th birthday.

Posted by: zahava | Jan 21, 2007 9:46:36 PM

You should also be able to read via Google translations. Just request English/English. :)

I think all the sixapart sites (typepad and vox) have been having trouble the past few days.

Stay safe!

Posted by: jennifer | Jan 21, 2007 11:03:15 PM

Zahava, I actually though you made it - seriously. Given your creativity and the fact that you whip up Purim costumes out of nothing....

Posted by: Account Deleted | Jan 22, 2007 12:31:14 PM

I'm reasonable certain that Judith Apter Klinghoffer has been blogging lately from Goa.

Posted by: soccerdad | Jan 22, 2007 7:45:53 PM

so Rocky Raccoon found not only Gideon's Bible but the Bhagavad-Gita.

Mind you, that would segue nicely into the meter-maid...

Israeli hotels, more likely to find all the call-girls listings...

Posted by: asher | Jan 23, 2007 2:04:54 PM

great pix

Posted by: muse | Feb 8, 2007 9:25:17 PM

great pix

Posted by: muse | Feb 8, 2007 9:25:24 PM

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