Joker (2016)

Before I even saw the movie, I thought I would write this post for a couple of different reasons. First of all, I created the "Cinema" tag when I wrote about Kabali, so I might as well make use of it again. Second of all, I think film is an important enough part of Indian culture …

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When is a car not a car?

... when it looks like this instead: The Tamil word for this structure is "therottam" (தேரோட்டம்). It has no direct translation, so the English name of the festival where it is found is just called the Verampattinam Car Festival (Verampattinam being the name of the village it takes place in). Before I went, someone was trying …

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A collection of tidbits and observations after two weeks in an Indian school

I ride the school van to and from school, because it’s free and otherwise I’d have to pay an auto around $40 a month. The school has two mid-sized vans which make wide routes across town. I’m the third or fourth pick up and it takes 40 minutes after that to get to school. Kids sit three …

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Six out of 1000: A Temple Tour of Kanchi

Kanchipuram: the city of one thousand temples, about a three-hour bus ride from Pondicherry. Last weekend, the Pondy and Kanchi Fulbrighters met up to join a group of Chennai-based scholars and history/heritage/architecture enthusiasts for a tour of six Vishnu temples in Kanchipuram. Now, I will say right off the bat, that I was coming on …

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Tour Part 3/3: The Resort, Isha Temple, and Travel Home

Our resort for the night was just a five minute drive down the road. Girls and boys were divided into rooms by gender and age. I was corralled with another teacher into the seventh grade girls' room. We took turns bathing and freshening up, and after a large block of unprogrammed time, during which some …

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