Monthly Archives: October 2014

Finally India, Finally Fooding! (August Edition)

Tonight, I had an interesting/agonizing debate with a Hindu grandpa who wanted to make the point that there is no lasting happiness to be found on this earth.  Simple pleasures, like ice cream, often lead to pain, like frozen headaches … Continue reading

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Loktak Lake: Snapshot of a Lifestyle on the Verge of Vanishing

“Why don’t you come with us to Loktak Lake for World Environment Day?” We received the invitation from Ram Wangkheirakpam and the others at Indigenous Perspectives, the Imphal-based NGO that coordinates the Manipur Cycle Club, the members of which became … Continue reading

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India’s Northeast: Scenes and Scenery, August Edition

Frankly speaking, our performance in July – a measly 359 km – was pathetic.  Sure, we climbed Sela, the highest mountain pass (4200m) in the Northeast, setting personal records in the process.  Sure, we visited one of the oldest Buddhist … Continue reading

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Finally India, Finally Fooding! (July Edition)

Another month where Stayin’ Veg ain’t no thang. Somehow even after crazy steep inclines both of us twin Shakies still manage to make time to document our “fooding.” Veg Thali with a surprise twist: Textured Vegetable Protein chunks.  Chewy and … Continue reading

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A Bit of Culture in Guwahati

After a period of rough riding, it generally takes a few days to become a functioning human again. My first two or three days off the bike are spent in a stupor of catching up on missing sleep and remedying … Continue reading

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Finally in India, Finally Fooding! (June Edition)

!ncredible !ndia Aga!n!  The one country (among the ones I’ve visited so far) where when you ask for a vegetarian meal you can be sure that nobody will say something like “Why would you want that?”  or “But it’ll taste … Continue reading

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India’s Northeast: Scenes and Scenery, July Edition

My four months in India ends TOMORROW and I’m still just about 100% behind on the blogging.  Crap crap crap crap crap here’s the story of our 540km round trip (yup, that’s about all we managed in July) from Bhalukpong … Continue reading

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