Guess the Meaning

Can you guess what the following sayings found in newspapers, street signs and from conversations mean?

  • Gun shot done here.
  • The auto turned turtle.
  • Traffic goes for a toss.
  • I will check and revert.
  • What’s your good name.
  • Traffic was thrown out of gear.

Here’s a clue to the first one.  Look closely at the left side of the photo below….


Still don’t know?

This is a jewelry store (outdoors) and they do ear piercings with a “gun”.

Rain in March?

It isn’t the rainy season for several months, but it is raining outside right now.  We have heard it won’t be good for the mangos.  The two wheelers (motorcycles and bikes) hide during the rain so the traffic lightens until the rain stops.

The weather was changing around dinner time and the birds were flying.

Then lightening, rain and….

So no more TV until the rain stops.  Hopefully it will be less dusty and cooler tomorrow.

Bangalore Sights

Here are photos from three Bangalore places we visited today.

  • Lalbagh Botanical Gardens – acres of plants and gardens with some temples thrown in for good measure.  They sell plants as well.  You’ll see people exercising, kids on a school field trip and girls who were really excited about my taking their picture.
  • Bull Temple – this is one of four bull temples in India and is sacred to Hindis.  The priest told us the bull was over 500 years old and had been carved from one huge white granite stone.  Over the years it has been rubbed by butter to honor it and is now a very shiny black color.
  • Tipu’s Summer Palace – despite been severely damaged by the British, this palace still has a grace that is quite lovely.  It is made of wood on the inside and some of the gorgeous wall design remains.  The very cool story is about Tipu’s Tiger, which currently resides in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
    • Tipu detested the British and had this instrument made.  V&A describes “‘Tipu’s Tiger’ is an awesome, life-size beast of carved and painted wood, seen in the act of devouring a prostrate European in the costume of the 1790s… Concealed in the bodywork is a mechanical pipe-organ with several parts, all operated simultaneously by a crank-handle emerging from the tiger’s shoulder. Inside the tiger and the man are weighted bellows with pipes attached. Turning the handle pumps the bellows and controls the air-flow to simulate the growls of the tiger and cries of the victim. The cries are varied by the approach of the hand towards the mouth and away, as the left arm – the only moving part – is raised and lowered.”

Observation: In India (remember this was a British colony), think how you do something and then do the opposite.  Look to the right first when crossing the street.  Turn the key to the right when unlocking a door.  Press the light switch down to turn on the light.  If all else fails turn every light switch up and down until a light turns on somewhere.

A Rupee is a Rupee is a Rupee

Yesterday we went to the bank to open our account.  I could have said it was worse than my experience with Citizen’s, but that would be a lie.  In this instance US banking is as painful as it is in India.

As we were leaving we got stuck behind a car and then an armored vehicle.  There was a huge fight going on since the car did not want to pay the 20 rupees (that’s about 30 cents) for the parking.  The guys from the armored car jumped out with their rifle (yes, rifle!) and there were about 8 people yelling to get the guy to pay so they could leave.

Lessons learned:

  • It is easy to rob an armored car in India, just have a car avoid paying and everything grinds to a halt.
  • Our driver got out and paid the 20 rupees so we could leave.
  • The driver who escaped was completely unappreciative.
  • Once the payment was resolved everyone stopped yelling and got in their cars and drove off.
  • 20 rupees is a lot of money to people in India.

Making a House a Home

We moved into our new house last week and have been hard at work converting it from an empty space into a home.

It is a fun and funny thing to outfit an entirely new space.  Do you buy similar things to what you have at home? Do you branch out into new shapes and genres? New color palettes? How do you integrate India’s culture into the space you live in?

Most importantly, how do you make the house your own so you can find comfortable spots in which to curl up to read a book, to savor the outdoors, to eat your meals or look at mementos to remember family and friends?



Our house is the floor below the top (it has the brown wood ceilings)



Our Favorite Purchases (these divide the large space between the living room and the dining room)


These pedestals are pretty solid (praying I don’t walk into one by accident) and the two of the three lanterns house vanilla candles waiting to be lit.

Entry Way

Living Room

Dining Room


This is definitely going to be a favorite place once I conquer my fear of mosquitos! Also there are porches off each bedroom and around the central living space.  Flower and vegetable post to come.


Master Bedroom

Note there are three other bedrooms, but they are awaiting our linens from the US so pictures to come!

Our house still needs many finishing touches, lots more color, pictures, etc., but it is shaping up nicely – and becoming our home.

Observation:  I’ve noticed that you can’t exactly count on stuff promised. It isn’t that people mean to mislead but that they want to pacify. And then they ignore. Perseverance pays off though!