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Gaddi Songs at Ghoomakad

On our last night in Rakkar, we hung out on the balcony at Ghoomakad with friends and made music. When we’d trekked up the mountain a few weeks previously, Foja hummed and whistled a tune that was an earworm. I was really glad that it was played that night...
Home in Bangalore

Home in Bangalore

I am enjoying life in Bangalore. We’ve been here for three weeks. The traffic is dreadful and the mosquitoes plague me, but this city is full of people I love. Having friends somewhere makes the visit rich and wonderful.We’re staying with Shreyas and Arun....
At Fifth Elephant

At Fifth Elephant

Circus at Fifth Elephant. Photos by SaifiThis is more of a Spin Matsuri post than one for Mediatinker, but in the interest of keeping my travel journal full, I can tell you about the personal side of attending a tech conference as a circus person. That’s what I...
Chair Repair

Chair Repair

While staying at Shreyas’ place, I made six beautifully hand-crafted but torn cane chairs useable again with painted plywood seats. They aren’t fancy, but you won’t fall through them.I measured the chairs and went to Workbench Projects to use their...
Mysore Weekend

Mysore Weekend

Not content to merely be the best host in Bangalore, Shreyas drove us out to Mysore to see this historic town and meet his good friends.We stopped at Somanathapura to see a beautifully carved 750 year old temple. We ate well and Tod had an especially memorable...