India and the Middle East

April 2020 COVID-19 Reality Check

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Here’s a mental exercise: Assume that this photo above represents a newly discovered virus somewhere in China.  After first being observed and ignored, and following a suppression of the news about the virus’s discovery lasting many weeks…Suppose that the Chinese city recognizes a dangerous epidemic in the making and seeks to quarantine itself.  The tumors[…]

Prepare to be impressed by the Architecture of Abu Dhabi

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Welcome to a quick visual tour of Abu Dhabi. All of the photos below were taken in the course of a two hour bus tour of downtown Abu Dhabi, which is the capital of the seven member confederation, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The citizens of these oil-rich monarchies are incredibly wealthy. Native-born citizens account[…]

My Musical Vacation in India

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There are positives and negatives about India.  While the same statement can be made about any country, in my experience India is extreme in practically every aspect.  I’ll start with the negatives. Indian traffic is challenging.  I would never personally choose to drive here.  I prefer riding in the back seat whenever possible, just for[…]

Mumbai: India’s New York City

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We have been very blessed to be hosted on this trip by our dear friend Lajo Gupta, first at her home in Dubai, and afterwards in Mumbai, where she flew to host us in her wonderful apartment there. I met Lajo forty years ago(!) when I first started studying Indian classical music at her illustrious[…]
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