Category Archives: Travel

New York Pre-Pause

It feels strange to resume a blog about a city you can only see from your window, whether actual or virtual. As New York began reporting cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, I was preparing to fly back to … Continue reading

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Icarus, the Sequel: Baggage Interruptus

[Recap of Icarus: I try to fly across the Atlantic on Saturday night and fail.] Sunday 9:00 Check in for my re-booked flight, scheduled to depart at 5:00 p.m. Call the car service and book a car for 2:45, since … Continue reading

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Icarus

One of the greatest triumphs and failures of modern civilization might be airline travel. As a comedian has argued, it is a miracle and we should stop whining if there are some kinks. But on the other hand, it can make you crazy because you’ve been led to believe it is possible and the refutation of that promise feels like utter betrayal. Continue reading

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10 Things I Hate About NYC

As I’ve done once before, it is time to add some vinegar to the sugary gushing that I usually do about life in NYC. Continue reading

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Welcome to the U.S. Sort of.

I travel in and out of NYC more than some people, less than others, and often through the much bemoaned LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports. But like Louis C. K., I am always aware that air travel is basically … Continue reading

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Of Museums, Movies, and Meat Products

So after my long, dreary winter in New York, which was preceded by a cold venture into archival research in the U.K., I was ready to leave off the woolens and enjoy the pleasures of the city’s spring. (For those … Continue reading

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Baggage

Travel is enriching to the soul. But baggage can drain your spirit. Not to mention that it can also strain your back, chafe your hands, and occasionally vanish into thin air. That’s why I travel like a runaway bride, fleeing … Continue reading

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Summer’s End

Unlike last summer, I spent a large portion of this one traveling to and from New York. Before I left for the first time though, I was lucky enough to go to the old Dominos factory in Brooklyn to see … Continue reading

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Poetry in Motion

While there is a long tradition of waxing eloquent about long-distance train travel, the wind blows somewhat differently when it comes to local train service, especially the trains and subways of places like New York. Those stories range from tragedy to … Continue reading

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Home

Khar, my birthplace, is a small patch of land along the coast where the Indian sub-continent slides into the waters of the Arabian Sea. It was likely a sleepy backwater for centuries, slumbering away from the mainland while cradling rice … Continue reading

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