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March 4, 2008 - Jaipur, India

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Last night while lying in bed, ruminating over the day, I came to the conclusion that the clothes order should have been a no-brainer, if we can work out the logistics. In Nepal, the neo-hippy clothes are all pretty much baggy, shapeless, sad looking tie-dye. But what I saw yesterday in Delhi, it's the 1960's paisley meets Pucci, Gucci, Peter Max, and then throw in Lily Pulitzer On Acid. Paisley is the quintessential sub-continent fabric, and I think it became the quintessential 60's fabric because of it's roots, as some of the 60's ideological roots came from India as well. Think of the Beatles' White Album, much of which was written in Rishikesh. Another advantage is sizing, in Bali where I saw all of the cute clothes, their size medium is a US size 2. I can have the Delhi clothes made to a JJill sizes, and they will work well on US sized people. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed for our Delhi meeting that shipping , delivery and payment will not be insurmountable obstacles.

One of the aspects most conspicuously not addressed yet, while writing on India and other travels, is the subject of poverty and human suffering. Please don't think for a minute that I'm blind or indifferent on it. Why the huge differences in our physical condition or comfort? Is it karma, fate, destiny, or simply blind luck on our place of birth? I had pages of thoughts on this, and I don't think that I'm going to write them, it either sounds preachy or pompous or pathetic - Best I can say is that for every situation I encounter, it's taken on a case by case basis - I have no easy answers, the best I can do is at least give thought to it, so I my response (or non-response) will be thought-through, rather than thought-less. There are a lot of bright spots that I run across, such as Oaxaca Street Children, where they might still be on the streets, but at least they are going to school, or there's a program in Calcutta that is a walking tour, run by a former street kid, of what street kid life is like.