Jazz Under the Haitian Sun

In Haiti with my little brother Jacob

I traveled to Haiti three times with my father — first in 1976 for 6 weeks and twice more in 1978 and 1980 for 3 months. The first trip I was overcome, starstruck, by this different land with dark faces and lots of white, smiling teeth; grabbing hands and hungry bellies. It…

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 Karan wasn’t too far off. Check out this article from BBC News entitled “Indian police given moustache pay”…

The Chrysalis Stage

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Christian theology preached that God promises that everyone a place in heaven, unless of course, one sins or goes against God in one’s lifetime without begging for forgiveness. Hindu theology, on the other hand is very different. For Hindus, nothing is promised by God, instead one has to earn one’s reward through…

Sugarcane and Magic

"Homfort", painting by David X Young of a Voodoo temple, Haiti, 1976

I wish I had more time to write. I have so many posts swirling in my head at all times. I write and rewrite them over and over in my mind but rarely do I have a moment I can sit down and compose them. Often I have to jot them in…

Life on High-Definition Video

Dominican Republic carnival

Above: Dominican Republic carnival When I know I’m leaving for Santo Domingo, at first I feel a panic. Of course I’m thrilled to see Karan. I have no fears of his feelings; I know I will not e disappointed. But to leave my kids is hard. They are still so young, so…