Archive for December, 2007

27
Dec
07

christmas card.

27
Dec
07

’tis the season





22
Dec
07

cost of healthcare.

Here’s another example Michael Moore could have included in his latest documentary. The total cost for consultation with a dermatologist was Rs. 300 (less than $8). That was for both of us, without a referral from a Primary Care Physician- in fact we didn’t even use our health insurance. We purchased one week’s supply of prescription medicine to treat the hives for Rs. 11 (um, about 25 cents). No appointment, no health insurance, no referral.

21
Dec
07

Did you eat any fish?

Sam and I have been covered in hives from head to toe for the past three days. This morning we consulted a dermatologist, who asked if we had eaten any fish recently. Sam and I looked at each other, retracing our food route over the last few meals. Then we sat in amused silence as we remembered the last seafood meal- sushi at Wasabi. According to every restaurant guide, food review, and word-of-mouth reference, Wasabi is THE place for sushi. It is so well-regarded that travelers and ex-pats even drink the water there. The quality of the fish is unparalleled, but so are the prices. Sashimi salads start at about Rs. 1200 ($30) plus tax, and simple tuna or salmon rolls cost about Rs. 575 ($12). The meal certainly met our expectations, but the itchy aftermath has influenced our decision to eat there again.

18
Dec
07

mmm…

The taadgolawala cuts away the tough exterior to reveal these tender fruits. Each taadgola contains about three small fruits, which you can see next to the blade in this photo.

15
Dec
07

simple abundance.


During the last two weeks I have enjoyed an abundant harvest of one of my favorite Indian fruits, the taadgola. I have read that the fruit is harvested throughout the summer, too, but the taadgolawala just showed up around the corner at the beginning of the month.


 

The taadgola is the fruit of a certain palm tree, so you can imagine the hard exterior. The taadgolawala carefully slices through it with a small machete to reveal up to three tender fruits inside.

The flesh of the fruit is slightly firm and the hollow center is filled with a clear juice. One careless slip of the blade and the whole fruit is wasted.


Eating taadgolas is almost a meditative experience, as I gently peel away the remaining covering to expose the fruit inside. I am careful not to puncture the fruit, and the reward is a slightly nutty sweet explosion at the first bite. As I allow
myself to slip into the rhythm of the cycle, my body relaxes, my mind becomes quiet, and my heart is full of the pure simplicity of enjoying this abundance.

11
Dec
07

on the road.


Many of you have asked about “the babies”, Daffy and Ladybug. This photo was taken on their first road trip, about 12 hours after their arrival in Bombay. They have officially claimed their status as world-class travelers.