19 february 2011

not that this is a terribly profound post, but abby and i were in mumbai this weekend; and while we were visiting the museum formerly known as the prince of wales museum, i was struck by how the old photographs, in black and white, said something completely different than they would have had they been in color. color photos of people working in fields are about the brilliant green of the vegetation, the bright hues of the saris; the same images in black and white focus more on the story of the picture, at least to my mind. as an…

14 february 2011

today’s chennai times also, in case they take the link down, the text from the times of india: Calendar boys of ChennaiTNN, Feb 11, 2011, 05.26am IST Tags:Paul Cohn|Mike Edward|Miguel Chao|Abigail Aronson CHENNAI: It is a challenge that has the US state department stumped. The consular office in Chennai has 10 spouses, all male, trailing their partners posted in Chennai. And the home-bound husbands are wondering what to do since they no longer have a regular job. But even before the officials could come up with a solution, the husbands got together and decided to capture their lives on a…

11 february 2011

pages from the husbands of chennai “(most of) 2011 calendar” the “husbands of chennai” is a loose group of the male spouses and partners of the foreign service officers in chennai. for all of us, chennai is the first post where there were more than one or two other male spouses, and a few of us decided to start having lunches together. somehow this association morphed into a recognized club, at first among the consulate community and then in the press (in an article most notable for its inaccuracies, such as the statement that the club is open to the public,…

16-21 january 2011 – manikarnika ghat

(disclaimer: these are not my best shots from the afternoon; i’m going to try to get those published somewhere. you get the rest.) on my fourth day in varanasi, i went to manikarnika ghat. manikarnika ghat is one of the two crematoria on the banks of the ganges. according to my guide – an 18-year-old kid who basically started showing me around unbidden, but who ended up being a lot of help – they burn upwards of 400 bodies each day there. (i’d estimate only 100-200 based on the traffic i saw, but i may have been there at a…