The Mathi Man (Fish Delivered to Your Door)

When I was a kid on trips to India, we would get so excited every time the mathi man came around on his bike with the latest catch of little fish. We would hear a distinct vocal sound echoing from down the road, then the ring of his bicycle, alerting potential customers. These photos are from…

Street Games and a Dream Deferred

I must have been 9 years old. My cousin in Kerala ran from his house down to the street to play with a bunch of kids. It could have been cricket or something else just as fun, but my memory fails me. Later on, as I prepared to head back to the states, I told…

Return from Tropical Paradise

It’s 3 a.m. The earth has moved such that the soil under my feet is American and no longer Indian. I had fooled myself into thinking sleeping on American time again after two weeks would be no sweat. What a joke. In the meantime, please enjoy this map of our path across Kerala, India to…

Housewarming, Kerala-Style

Coming from an Indian family, you grow up doing certain things that you eventually realize other families may not do. For one, we take off our shoes when we enter a home. For a long time, I thought this was to keep the carpet clean, but, in fact, it’s a sign of respect. Another thing:…

Exotic Backyard Plants

The Chronicle posted a slideshow today about exotic backyard plants, featuring dragonfruit. I thought the selection of plants was sorely lacking. Below are some photos from a Facebook album I made a while back spotlighting my mom’s backyard oasis. Looks like it’s straight out of Kerala, India, right? Or as close as you can get…

Links Extravaganza 8.7.08 – On Indians

More South Asian Participation Than Ever in Prez Elections This Year | From Sepia Mutiny. Mistakes U.S. Companies Can Make in India | From the Chron.  How Can Someone Living in India Edit a Newspaper Here? | Thoughts on outsourcing news editing. Indianized Bible is a Mega Hit in Kerala | Intriguing.

Kerala – God’s Own Country (And Mine)

I thoroughly, seriously love Kerala. Rubber trees. Mangoes. The muthy men selling the tastiest fish on their bikes on the road next to your house. The smoky fires from burning leaves or cooking in chimneys. Palm trees that grow like grass. The unrelenting sounds of insects and animals at night outside your bedroom. The power…