Category Archives: travel

Bangalore: Science and food

I have three posts remaining about my trip to India, and this is the next-to-penultimate one. I was invited to give two lectures in Bangalore (now called “Bengaluru,” but I’ll use the old name), hosted by the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, a lovely garden campus on the outskirts of this rapidly growing […]

Chandigarh: Le Corbusier and Nek Chand’s Rock Garden

I have a few more travel posts from India: three or four, including this one, which documents my visit to the IISER (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research) at Mohali, a city adjacent to Chandigarh, which is here: Chandigarh is an unusual city in two respects: it’s the capital of two of India’s adjacent states, Punjab […]

I have landed!

As of this moment of writing, it’s been (within two minutes) 38.5 hours without sleep for me—probably a lifetime record. I wasn’t able to doze off in steerage on Air India: the seats were too narrow and uncomfortable, and I was on the aisle. So I watched movies, including rewatching “Selma” and “All About Eve” […]

Music from last night’s wedding celebration

As I mentioned earlier, last night I went to a wedding celebration at Jawaharlal Nehru University in South Delhi. The son of two of my good friends from India got married in Calcutta about a week ago, and there had to be a celebration in Delhi as well, for that’s where the groom’s parents work. […]

The one-dollar dinner at INSA

They provide three meals a day to people staying at the guest house at the Indian National Science Academy. Breakfast, which includes eggs, toast or chapattis, coffee, and juice, is 50 rupees (78 cents US). Lunch is a thali (a tray of different dishes including rice and chappatis), and that costs 60 rupees 94 cents). […]

A few snaps from Delhi

I have a lot of photos yet to post from my visits to Bangalore and Trivandrum, but those are substantial posts and I’m short on time.  So today let me just post a few random photos from Delhi, where I’m staying in the guesthouse of the Indian National Science Academy, a centrally located and comfortable […]

Further perambulations

Just to let you know what’s up, I fly from Trivandrum to Delhi today—the entire length of India—and it’ll take 3.5 hours. In Delhi, some good friends at Jawaharlal Nehru University are giving me a birthday dinner, and then I’ll go to my digs for the rest of my stay: the guest house of the […]

What I did on my birthday

I had fun. I skipped breakfast because we were leaving early for the 1.5 hour drive to the IISER campus in the foothills of the Western Ghats, but on the way Hema, my delightful host, told me there were 11 species of bananas sold in Kerala stores. When I immediately expressed interest, she said, “Would […]

Pune: Food and science

On my last day in Bangalore, December 24, I visited the personal library of Pradeep Rawat, whose education was interrupted when he was jailed as an opponent of Indira Gandhi’s suspension of law during the 1975-1977 “Emergency.” He later served as a member of the Indian Parliament and is now retired to spend his time […]

My Christmas dinner

(No photos here as I packed my camera). This was my lunch, ergo my big daily meal, in the IISER guesthouse canteen. I leave for the airport and Bengaluru (Bangalore) in a hour. Daal (lentils) Rice Chappatis Dahi (yogurt) Paneer (Indian cheese) curry Aloo saag (spinach and potatoes) Fruit: cut-up apples and papayas Box of […]