A Stormy Weekend for the Cheatables

Okay, it’s confession time! We discovered that someone must have mehndied the word “Cheatable” on our foreheads, at least according to Mani, our driver. As newcomers, Sarah and I have

The Devil and the Details

The devil, they say, is in the details. Meaning I guess, that, while something might seem straightforward or simple at first, there is more beneath the surface, or, maybe that

Only Connect . . . .

E. M. Forster, who wrote A Passage to India, used that short phrase about the essence of connecting “the prose and the passion . . . the beast and the

Taken for Granted . . .

When you move half-way around the world, you quickly realize how much in our daily lives we take for granted–and how little sense many of those assumptions really make once

First Besant Nagar Walkabouts

After all the unpacking (of cords and plugs and adapters whose functions I can’t quite remember) and setting up and moving furniture and endless shopping trips (for paper towels and

The World Turned Upside Down

In 1781, when the British surrendered to the American rebels at Yorktown, they supposedly marched to the tune “The World Turned Upside Down,” which was no doubt the way they

Up, Up, and Away!

Tomorrow, it will be up, up, and away as we fly to our new home in Chennai, India! Well, after quick stops in Newark and Frankfurt, that is. We’ll be met

Visas and Movers and Shots, Oh My!

Oh, my, indeed! Not to mention TRC’s and PAN Cards and the FRRO–and the Provident Fund, too. Now that we have just a couple weeks before we officially begin our

Monsoon, Mark Twain, and Mindset

A recent post in the Cafe Chennai blog, one of our favorites along with The Better India, really struck me with its eye-opening perspective on travel and what it means–and