Return of the Coconut - Glimpses of India

For Emergency Dial Auspicious 1-0-8, not 9-1-1

30 Apr 2010

 Get your cell phones out and put 1-0-8 on Speed Dial in case you find yourself in India with an emergency. Although ... read more

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Festivals & Events

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Vaseline Your Face Before Celebrating Holi - Festival of Colors

Any traveler to North India in spring, hopes to participate in Holi - The Festival of Colors - which is something like a water-fight, colored powder sneak-attack game, and Carnivalesque period lasting ... read more

31 May 2010
Food

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The Magical Tiffin Carrier - Fresh Food Delivered to your Door for 50 cents

How does a five-dish nutritious home-cooked hot meal delivered at your doorstep for 50 cents sound? For me, it was a Godsend. I had most dinners delivered and if I ... read more

29 Jun 2010
Being an American

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Photos, Family, Tattoos - Share your American Culture

In India, you are an ambassador for your home country and culture whether you like it or not. Your curiosity about Indian culture is matched by their curiosity about your ... read more

30 Jun 2010
Etiquette

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Do the Right Thing—Don’t Use Your Left Hand

“The Indian digestive system is the simplest in the world. It begins with the right hand and ends with the left.” Indeed, most Indians eat with their right hand, not ... read more

30 Jun 2010
Must Do

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The Art of Living – Meditate, Meet a Guru, Stay at an Ashram

From Jesus to the Beatles, many Westerners go to India to learn about spirituality. Spiritual tourism is growing, while corrupt gurus are indicted every few months. However, staying at a ... read more

30 Jun 2010
Culture Shock

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On the Spot Tonglen and Dana – Breathe in Suffering, Breathe out Love

Walking on Indian streets, you’ll encounter serious suffering like this man with open wounds outside a fancy mall in Bangalore. While the debate continues if paying beggars enables a ... read more

30 Jun 2010
Sports

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Western Cheerleaders for Eastern Cricketplayers

It’s an anomalous yet growing phenomenon that much of Indian advertising uses Western models with very white skin: commercials, billboards, magazines. However, don’t be surprised when watching India ... read more

30 Jun 2010
Fashion

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FabIndia—Pack Light, Shop Hard, Wear Indian Clothes

Wearing Indian clothes is fun, practical, and respectful so when packing, bring few clothes. Wherever you arrive, head straight to FabIndia to stock up on Iocal threads. Fit in and ... read more

30 Jun 2010
Culture Shock

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On the Spot Tonglen and Dana – Breathe in Suffering, Breathe out Love

Walking Indian streets, you’ll encounter serious suffering like this man with open wounds outside a fancy mall in Bangalore. While the debate continues if paying beggars enables a cycle ... read more

03 Jul 2010
Etiquette

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Do the Right Thing—Don’t Use Your Left Hand

“The Indian digestive system is the simplest in the world. It begins with the right hand and ends with the left.” Indeed, most Indians eat with their right hand, not ... read more

03 Jul 2010
Packing

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Get Freshette –Yes Ladies, You Can Pee Standing Up

India poses serious urination challenges. You should drink 3 liters of water per day to avoid dehydration from the hot sun, but where to urinate? If spots exist, they can ... read more

03 Jul 2010
Packing

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Prevent Black Boogers and Throat Infections with a Mask

After 24 hours in an Indian metropolis, you may develop Black Booger Syndrome. If you travel by foot or auto-rikshaw, you can get stuck at an intersection with plumes of ... read more

03 Jul 2010
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