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Hello fellow Rockwellians, Greetings from India, more specifically Bangalore, the high tech capitol (you know, where all those jobs are being outsourced to!) It has been quite the adventure. 22 hour trip to Madras, with a 5 hour layover in Frankfurt, thankfully the restaurant serving german sausage and half liters of beer was open at 8am! Up early the next day and a short commuter plane to Bangalore. I'm in country for my housemate's brother's wedding. The eating and drinking have been a bit dodgy, can't drink the water, be careful what you eat, liquor and beer kind of sucks (one place was charging $95 of a bottle of Kendall Jackson 2002 Zin!) we have been mostly eating in high end places, the first night pool side at the Windsor Sheraton and afghan kabobs. The next night at a restaurant called 13th Floor, which has a patio on the 13th floor on a highrise building, nice lounge overlooking the city for drinks afterwards. The next night at a hotel called the Taj West End. we have struck out to a couple local places. The best eating so far was at a small restaurant in a city called Mysore. The fruit and veg market at Mysore was fantastic, lots of little alleyways and vendors all over the place. Been sick for the last couple days so been subsisting off crackers and ramen noodles...I think right now, all of us would kill for some pizza! I'll update this post with links, pictures etc. when I get back to the states...heading home Thursday night. Tweaked
Fascinating article. The stupidity of human society knows no bounds.... "Too Many Men" by Simon Denyer and Annie Gowen on washingtonpost.com
This is *easily* a significant enough story where it needs to be discussed here. I don't know as much about it as I should, but I hope to learn from the discussion here. Dec 7, 2016 - "India's Central Bank Says That Cash Crisis Is Hurting the Economy" by Rishi Iyengar on money.cnn.com I have no doubt that there is massive tax fraud in India's largely cash-based economy, and that this move may even help in the long-term, but one might think there could've been more notice. Does anyone know why this came into being so suddenly? Nov 25, 2016 - "Can India Really Become a Cashless Society?" by Sameer Hashmi on bbc.com
Imagine a 4,000 year-old sport which mixes tag and wrestling and you have Kabaddi. If you are having trouble picturing that, then I give you the highlights from the 2016 World Cup final won yet again by India. Wiki describes the sport thus: The teams take turns sending a "raider" into the other half. To win a point, the raider must take a breath, run into the opposing half, tag one or more members of the opposite team, then return to their home half before inhaling again. The raider will chant "kabaddi, kabaddi" with their exhaling breath to show the referee they have not inhaled. The raider will be declared "out" and will not gain the point if they inhale before returning to their side, or returns without touching an opponent. The tagged defender(s) will be "out" if they do not succeed in catching the raider who tagged them. Wrestling the raider to the ground can prevent them escaping before they need to inhale. Needless to say the US is a Kabaddi neophyte and did not have a good tournament at the 2016 World Cup. USA 15 Iran 52 USA 19 Japan 45 USA 29 Poland 75 USA 22 Thailand 69 USA 19 Kenya 74 This year, the Patna Pirates defeated the Jaipur Pink Panthers to win India's Star Sports Pro Kabaddi league, while in the women's division the Storm Queens out touched the Fire Birds 24-23 to take the title. A hearty congratulations to the Patna Pirates and Storm Queens.