One of the most popular posts I’ve written for this blog was about my experience with the Indian Head Wiggle, (or Shake, or Bobble- many names for that most Indian of Indian gestures) inspired by an analysis of the wiggle in the fantastic book Shantaram. That post for many years was a cited reference in Wikipedia for the Indian Head Wiggle. I even was interviewed on Canadian radio for my so called expert perspective on the Indian Head Wiggle. Needless, to say, this gesture and topic has become important to me and something that I’ll pay attention to as I hear about in the media. Continue Reading »
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Every day on my commute to work, I drive past downtown San Francisco, onto the Bay Bridge, and into the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. Along with the beauty of the San Francisco skyline, the glistening water, the contrast of the old and new Bay Bridge, a must see part of this drive is the shipping cranes of Oakland. I’ve become fascinated with the large cargo ships, the imposing cranes, the aluminum containers that neatly move from ship to truck, and the unexpected innovation and clockwork efficiency of the global and vast shipping and trucking transportation industry.
To get a closer look, I ventured to the Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, right smack in the middle of the Port of Oakland. The park has a viewing center to see an operating crane and you can see close up the stacked crates at the port. Here are some photos from my afternoon at the park Continue Reading »
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The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in sports, dating back to 1851. It pits the worlds best yachting teams with state of the art catamaran boats. This year, the America’s Cup finals are being held in my backyard, being held in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area from September 7 to September 21.
I was fortunate enough to spend a day on the bay and experience the America’s cup as a spectator with the best seat in the house. Continue Reading »
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A few years back, I made a weekend trip with employees from my company’s India office to Thailand as a reward for meeting company goals. We went to the resort town of Hua Hin for two days and nights and spent the following day in Bangkok.
This post is way over due, but it was most certainly an enjoyable trip. Following are pictures and observations from a fun filled Thai weekend. Continue Reading »
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