Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Photos from Our Trip to India

We took a LOT of photos on our recent trip to India. It was very difficult to edit them down to a reasonable number. We finally gave up and created a separate blog with all of the photos.

Click here to go to the new blog or go to the URL

You can either click on a link to view the set of photos from each stop on our trip OR click the arrows to view the slideshows.

We are going to pick a TOP 50 set of photos and post them separately.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Urban Cowboys Struggle With India's Sacred Strays

In this morning's NY Times there was an article about the stray cows roaming the streets of New Delhi and the actions being taken to round them up. Indian wranglers? The milk mafia? Only in India.....

Click on the link to read the article.

New Delhi Journal Article

Saturday, November 01, 2008

A True India Experience

We did our final shopping spree this morning. We got a taxi from our hotel - not just any taxi, but an Ambassador Classic with a Sikh driver from Punjab state. You can't get more Indian than this.

The Ambassador is the definitive Indian car.
It was the first car to be manufactured in India and has been plying the Indian roads since 1948. Its dependability, spaciousness and comfort factor have made it the most preferred car for generations of Indians (not Americans). In major cities all over India, Ambassador taxis are like yellow cabs in New York City. Our driver could fit right in to Manhattan in an instant, including his turban.

It is
manufactured by Hindustan Motors in India.
The Amby, as it is affectionately called, has been in continuous production since its inception, with very few changes to its bulbous round frame. The current models have been in production since 1957 and are based on the Morris Oxford first made in the U.K.. Because of its long production history, parts are readily available throughout India and every mechanic, driver, and housewife knows how to repair them.

The Amby is truly an India classic.

An extra added feature of our taxi ride was the driver's continual insistence on taking us to his "best" places to shop. You must be firm in saying "no" (if you can even understand his Hindish - accented English). He gets a commission from any purchases you make at these places. He even asked several times if we needed a driver later and if we would like to do more shopping. These guys are aggressive - like a tick under your skin.