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A few thoughts while natacha’s off using skype

-We’re about to take our first night train. 14 hours in what apparently will be the low(er) class sleeper car. no a/C but it’s night train so we may not need it. wish us luck!

-i got offered two freelance gigs while here; managed to refer friends for both of them. friend one booked his; friend two’s in the process of connecting with the other. i am an international power broker.

-there are cows fucking EVERYWHERE here. in the streets, the alleys, the backyards, the highways, by the sides of roads. (UPDATE: “fucking” is used as an intensifier here. I never actually saw cows having sex)

-there are about as many stray dogs as there are cows. not cute dogs, no. hungry, mangy, desperate dogs. the look in their eyes is the same as that in the men who try to get us into their retail stall/autorickshaw/travel agency. so far i’ve only seen one dog that i actually wanted to pet, and that was because it was a hungry desperate puppy.

-There is a lot of shit in the streets, more even than in paris, by a long shot actually. i’ll spare you further detail.

-i have seen two different forts here that are simply unbelievable. massive structures that take up entire tops of hills and are so huge that they have anyhere from one to two temples and one to four palaces on the grounds.

Jaw-dropping stuff.

-The song ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen” is truer than i ever realized.

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About kengrobe

Both for work and for pleasure, I create. I'm a writer, a musician, a creative manager, a sketch comic, and a comics writer (don't get those last two twisted!). I've made rent with some or all of these. And for my next trick, I'm going to figure out which of them I want to do most.

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One thought on “A few thoughts while natacha’s off using skype

  1. Hi, Ken –
    I love reading your impressions. DON’T PET THE DOGS, even if you see a cute one, which looks to be unlikely. I remember reading about rabies in S.E. Asia. The N.Y. Times had a large article on a French area of South India near the Bay of Bengal. I’m sure you’ve read about it. If you didn’t and want to know more, let me know.
    Sounds like you’re practicing your hip-hop just to avoid stepping in poop. It’s great exercise.
    Good luck on your train trip. Should have told you about the hand-held fans used by menopausal women.

    Love to you both.
    Mom

    Posted by Ila Grobe | April 9, 2008, 12:49 pm

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