Two New Yorkers spend six months 18 months!?! in Bangalore and other places in India.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


We got into Delhi last night. I'm hoping to stay put for a while, although we also do want to take advantage of being in India's north and visit some places nearby. Compared to Chennai the weather is just wonderful. It's 73°F(23°C) and dry in Delhi at the moment, compared to 86°F(30°C)and humid in Chennai. The Delhi temps mean that many men are wearing long-sleeve shirts and thin sweaters while I'm wearing shirt-sleeves and not sweating (for once). I forgot how nice it can be to walk down the street for an extended period of time.

The guest house is OK -- good location, very old/strange furnishings, and non-functioning but imminent Internet -- pretty typical of our experiences elsewhere.

I don't know much about the Greater Kailash neighborhoods we're part of, but it's clear much of it has been planned. Markets and stores are grouped around several central small parks, and addresses are fairly regular once you know the system. It all makes me a little giddy -- all this regularity. Last night Don and I took a walk around and managed to end up back at the guest house without expecting it -- we'd been walking on a street that curved back onto itself. It was surprising to end up home sooner than you thought -- almost always it's the opposite.

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