Monthly Archives: October 2009

Road trip with a moody girl

Renting a car in England was an impulsive decision taken when presented with the option while buying the airline tickets online.  I didn’t quite think it through.  I forgot that I would be driving on the wrong side of roads … Continue reading

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Leaving the “Land of no why”

There is so much to see and do in China.  The name of the place alone evokes exotic dreams of mystique and adventure.  I had all that during my second trip to the vast country’s two major cities.  I am … Continue reading

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So you couldn’t award the nobel peace prize to Ghandi yet Obama’s good intentions qualify him?

I don’t understand the logic of choosing President Barack Obama as the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at a time when he hasn’t proven to his own countrymen yet his worth as a President and as a man of … Continue reading

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Cars and colors

One of the first things that struck me when I came to China for the first time in 2007, is how Westernized it has become-compared to a stereotyped image etched in my media-conditioned mind.  The throngs of bicycles we used … Continue reading

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How many is too many?

Yesterday we went to the Summer Palace in Beijing.  Our visit coincided with the ongoing national holiday in China (October 1 to 9).  A lot of Chinese tourists flooded the famous landmarks in and around the capital, they came from … Continue reading

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Beijing, in the wake of PRC’s 60th

Arriving in Beijing this morning, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had been to Shanghai and Hong Kong before, but Beijing seemed like a world away. The accent of its residents struck me as being noticeably more guttural than … Continue reading

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Free to write

Today I learnt that a friend-facebook friend-decided to leave his job and consecrate his time to creative writing. I felt jealous. I’m happy for him, but so envious of the courage and determination in a person that lead to taking … Continue reading

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Shanghai day and night

People in Shanghai, much like their New York counterparts, seem to have a permanent sense of purpose. Everyone appears to be in a hurry to get somewhere or eager to make a sale or to serve. Very serious salespersons greet … Continue reading

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