Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God, part 2

The Ramayana as a guidebook for love. India is a land of great love stories and epic adventures and one of the greatest is the Ramayana, an epic poem on the scale of Homer’s The Odyssey, the Ramayana tells the story of Prince Rama, destined for the throne, who was unjustly exiled…

Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God, part 1

Retracing the Ramayana Through India, Historical Perspective India has two great epic stories in its history. One is the Mahabharata and the other is the Ramayana. I first became aware of the story of the Ramayana through my ex. Rama is hiss idol, so I figured it was worth reading up on Rama’s…

Mustache Pay & Other Idiosyncrasies of India

Policemen must have mustaches. In India, the policemen were required to grow mustaches because it was considered to make one look more authoritative. I was doubtful of this and looked it up. Turns out my ex wasn’t too far off. Check out this article from BBC News entitled “Indian police given moustache…

Monsoon Diary

I stumbled upon this gem of a book in the cooking section of my local library. It wasn’t a cookbook exactly, it was a memoir interspersed with recipes. The memoir was by Shoba Narayan, a woman who grew up in India and I was intrigued enough to check it out. It has…

Gandhi for a New Generation

Above: Marcos showing off his America collage Last weekend was a holiday weekend ending with Martin Luther King Day. During the school days before the holiday, my kids learned about MLK and his effect on our country’s history. My son Marcos is particularly inquisitive and when he would come home from school,…