By the numbers

A few facts and figures:Bangalore population: 10 millionLicensed motorcycles: 3 millionBy my count during the week:Percentage riders wearing helmets: Maybe 20%, usually the driver, rarely the passengersMost riders on one motorcycle: 4: Dad at the controls, Mom on the back and two kids sandwiched in betweenMost riders including animals: 4: Dad at the control, dog …

Island Girl

She stood erect and motionless atop a knoll  of rubble and gravel on a little traffic island in the middle of a busy intersection. Staring out  into the distance, she appeared lifeless, except for her large brown eyes blinking slowly.She was a girl of about 14 or 15, dressed in traditional garb, her long jet …

Morning Prayers

Awakened at 5:15 by morning prayers reverberating through loudspeakers outside. That, of course is the cue for the dogs to begin their howling.

Lunch time

"Do you like Indian food?" asked Vinay, in all sincerity. Considering we were in the middle of India, I assumed the polite thing to do was answer in the affirmative."Oh, sure," I said as convincingly as I could. I do, in fact; I just wasn't sure what to expect and I'm no expert at identifying …

Welcome to India

As the plane began to make its descent into Bangalore, the crew went through all the usual requests for fastening seat belts, putting trays away and seats in the upright position.And then the flight attendants each grabbed an aerosol can with a nozzle pointing straight up — the kind of can you might use to …