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On Second Viewing

As some of you may know, I was writing this blog as I was filming for my documentary The Journey. Now here’s a real double-take: I just saw something while editing my footage that I hadn’t noticed even as I … Continue reading

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Not Exactly a Latrine

“Sir, do you have a latrine?” I asked the elderly gentleman who was going to put me up in his clay house. The rest of the party was staying in the elementary school, which was a room short. “Sure,” he … Continue reading

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Superinflation and the Change Nazi

Prices go up. Not by the hour or by the day, more like by the week or month. A notch or two below hyperinflation. Given a handful of coins, I have to squint at the numbers on each to tell … Continue reading

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Song of the Blind Beggar

On the bus today from Nimtouri to Bonbhera was a blind beggar with a two-stringed musical instrument. Double-stringed mini-lutes are common in rural Bengal, but this one had the peculiarity that it used as its resonating chamber a small drum, … Continue reading

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Hotel Konark, Nimtouri

The bathroom attached to my room in Nimtouri, East Midnapore, West Bengal. I paid Rs. 300 for this room, which is technically US$5, but another way of looking at it is as 37 Metro rides.

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Collected Poems of Rabindranath Tagore

A friend’s wedding present for my parents.

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Cop Notes

Growing up, if one of us spotted a traffic-cop writing, he would nudge the next guy: “Look! he’s taking a plate number,” with the hushed glee of a witness to a secret condemnation. After many years, I had the courage … Continue reading

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