We have landed in Mother India!

Trip Start Mar 04, 2009
Trip End Jun 28, 2009

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The Bangalore Club

Flag of India  , Karnataka,
Saturday, March 7, 2009

Yes, we have safely landed in Mother India! It was the longest two days of travel, but everything went smoothly from start to finish....may the rest of our trip be so blessed!
Our first flight took us from New York JFK International Airport to the Indira Ghandi Delhi International Airport. Air India had wonderful, genuine, homemade Indian food served by sarie clad stewardesses. We all enjoyed the cashews for a change from the typical peanut and pretzel fare. Jack and the boys made themselves comfortable in a row right in front of Florence and Katie. A bit of homework, letter writing, several movies, including Lawrence of Arabia combined with some snatches of sleep and we were touching down. The excitement of finally being in India, despite the lack of sleep got us through the waiting for our baggage (Yes, all of our bags arrived with us!) and customs in Delhi. In fact, we passed through customs with hardly a glance from the officer. We transferred to the domestic flight terminal as if we knew where we were going and waited for our next flight to Bangalore. Upon arrival in Bangalore we were promptly met by our driver, Sashe and taken into the middle of the city to The Bangalore Club where we have been graciously put up by a dear, old friend of the Krupnick Family, Dipti or "D" as she is known by close friends. This is a beautiful, walled enclave within which is an English style country club that was established in the 1890's. Hospitality seems to be of the first order here! We most gratefully collapsed into our beds until we were awoken by the sounds of the parrots and other avian life the next morning; our first day in India! After an Indian style breakfast in the dining room we were ready for the sights of the streets of India. We could have easily foregone the tours of the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and The Nandi Temple and just been voyeurs of the traffic and scenes along the crazy, congested streets. Riding around Bangalore was a fascinating education in itself, if not nerve rattling! The equinamity with which the drivers manuever the chaos of the traffic should be a lesson to all of us who take for granted the safety laws and observances in the states. More on that later. I must go and combat jet lag before our next adventure as we head further south to the state of Coorg. We miss our family and friends! Thanks for staying in touch!
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gardiners on

Om shanti!
Wonderful to hear you are hitting the ground running and immersing yourselves. And glad you had a comfort zone to land in ! You mentioned wanting news from here, which today is: 77 degree weather! Ned, Asa And I went hiking along the ridge above the French Broad up near Hot Springs then treated ourselves to a soak in the mineral waters. I recalled sneaking into the old bathhouse when it was nearly collapsed, with Jeff Nelson, about 23 years ago. Glad it is still low key there! We espied a relatively enormous flock of cedar waxwings in the trees above us, and whistled call and response with a bluebird perched by our tub. We are so relaxed now, all about to nap.

Later I will continue to prepare a CV /packet for WWC; they asked me if I am interested in teaching this fall,an Intro to Environmental Studies course, so we will see. I miss teaching very much, so fingers crossed. Ned is playing music at Jack of the Wood tonight with friends' band touring through town, and Asa is preparing for SATs for TIP program next Saturday. All in a all a lovely Saturday in the Blue Ridge Mtns. I see a male cardinal strutting across a branch- spring is imminent.

Inhale some exotic aromas and savor some yummy Indian food for us! What are the local Hindu gods and goddesses in the area you are in now?



krupnicksgo on

Re: Om shanti!

Spring in the Appalachian Mountains is my favorite time! It sounds like a beautiful weekend there!

Yesterday evening we accompanied our friend, 'D' to a special Hindu temple honoring Devi, a goddess of Shiva where we took part in an evening blessing ceremony. Hindus from all over come to this small temple to seek the advice of the Swamiji who started the temple 45 years ago. It was quite interesting having never witnessed anything like it before.

We are up and packing to get on the road!

Take care,


smithgo on

Rushing about
Sahibs, welcome to India. Hope you are having masala dosa, sambar chutney and all the good things for breakfast. Please post some pictures. Who are those people living in your house. They are a bit untidy, but the music is GREAT.

goosfam on

Glad you made it !
Glad to hear from you and that you arrived safely. We are jealous- Indian food is our favorite!!! We had dinner at the Staniers last night and your family was missed! Asheville is definitely not India but it is supposed to be 77 degrees today- that is a little consolation. Have fun, we look forward to hearing more from you! The Goosmanns

goosfam on

Glad you made it !
Glad you made it safely! We are jealous - Indian food is our favorite! Last night we went to the Staniers and you were very much missed. Can't wait to hear more. Stay in touch! The Goosmanns

broshar2 on

Thanks for the updates. Please tell Jackson that I will read an update to both of my cores whenever one is posted! Have some Pav Bhaji for me!

Mr. Broshar

pottsoup on

Hello from PA!
Hi Krupnick family! It's been a while! Thanks to Florence for setting up this blog, it's great! I can't wait to show the kids where you have been. What an adventure! I will be sure to share with the rest of the PA clan. Have a great time and keep posting, it's almost like being there!
Jim Pottinger

briancole on

Glad to hear from you all
So, you all are safe in India. Sounded like a great flight on Air India. Susan and I are back from Sanibel, and like you all, we missed the snow. Will be eager to hear more about your goings. We are remembering you all in our prayers here at All Souls.

Brian +

jonpac on

a new era
Dear family--we love traveling with you on your adventure--like to think our wonderings inspired you--tell Dee and her family that we are not far behind you all. Mom is out tonight with her book group and I am catching up on bill paying the lot.--full moon over the river and great weather.Robert and kaji are in town this weekend--Business for Robert--we brought home colds from Boulder--baby colds.
Stay well--Love Mema and Papa

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