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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Live (sorta) from India!

I started taking more video than pictures. For some reason it seems a bit less intrusive! Plus, it gives a better feel of how things are here.

It has been raining a lot lately. “Very monsoon” as our driver would say: Monsoon1.wmv | Monsoon2.wmv | Brick_Bridge.wmv

I also captured a bit of the office: Office.wmv

Last night we hit up the Radisson for dinner. It’s relatively expensive there so we limit the number of times we actually go – but it’s about the only place to get a steak or a burger! Just don’t buy the water. There is a ridiculous 850% markup on the “maximum retail price” of rs. 12. The guy told me it was because it was “5-star” to which I replied that I could get the exact same water on the street for 12 rupees. Then he tried to tell me it was because of the air conditioning. Right… Radisson.wmv

posted by Jesse at 9:24 pm  

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Day of Rest

Today is Sunday, so I took the opportunity to seperate myself almost entirely from work and the office (I say almost, because I *do* have to get some small amount of work done for tomorrow so everyone can hit the ground running, so-to-speak).

We started the day off around 11am by feeding the neighborhood. This costs us rs. 500 (about $11). There were a lot more people today since the weather was very nice. We actually ran out of food very quickly!
After the feeding I threw some laundry in the machine and read some more of my current book, Transmission. It’s about an Indian programmer who comes to the U.S. on a “slave visa” meaning they pay him much less than his real worth. I finished the book later in the day and was left with a bland impression. I found that at the end, I didn’t really care about any of the characters or what happened to them. In fact, one of the main characters even died in the Epilogue. So weird. I wouldn’t recommend it.

Anyway, after about an hour of reading, it was off to Subway for one of our bi-daily visits. Subway is in Sector 18 so we quickly got there and back. I got a foot-long tuna sub with all the veggies. I don’t get all the veggies in the U.S., but Subway is the only place I feel the vegetables are safe enough to eat.

Our friendly neighborhood Subway. I bet Jared didn’t eat at this one.Looks just like any other Subway.Our usual guys, working their 12-hour shifts!I’m a one-man marketing campaign.Albert and Lara love Subway as much as any of us.

I ate half of my sub and saved the rest for dinner. As we walked back out to Mahindar’s car I though it might be nice to make a video of the drive back to the house! Here it is, enjoy: Driving Home

Mahindar Andretti

Centrestage Mall and the side of the Radisson

When we arrived back home I took my laundry load out and went up to the roof to hang it out to dry. Unfortunately all of the lines were taken up with clothes, so I found some unused rope and claimed it for my own. I went back downstairs to my balcony and constructed 3 of my own clotheslines and laid my first load out to dry before starting another.

Boy Scout training in actionIndian washing machine

I finished my book and sat down to do a little work. The guys came back from the office and assumed laptop configuration around the dining room table: 4 seats, 4 people, 4 computers – all of us plugged in to one sketchy-looking powerbar.

Dining room (Waylon sleeping on the couch in the living room…)

So now I sit here typing this, sipping on a Mint Chocolate Bailey’s I just poured on the rocks. I picked up a few bottles in Singapore at the duty free store because it’s hard to find this stuff here. I use it sparingly – my first day off in quite some time is the perfect occasion.

posted by Jesse at 9:35 am  

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Unphased

A lot of people have been writing to see if I am OK in the wake of the Mumbai bombings. Rest assured that everything is fine and there isn’t a scratch on me. New Delhi is quite a distance from Mumbai, and we live in the suburbs where there is lots of open space – not a very ripe target for a similar occurence. Most of you guys probably knew about the train blasts before we did – since we generally sit in the office all day working away on our computers.

Here’s a picture of me drinking my 18 cent coffee from the company cafeteria. As you can see, all is well. :) Thanks for the calls and e-mails. I’ll post another blog update soon to detail what I have been up to the past week.

posted by Jesse at 9:52 pm  

Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Lots of work…

Well it seems like it has been forever since I have last posted. We’ve been pretty busy with interviews and trying to find the right artists to start training at our studio. Paul came to visit for a few days all the way from NYC to check out the operation and do some planning. We had a great time hanging out at nights, too.

Whaley left today to head back to the States. He’ll be gone for about 2 months tying up loose ends and getting ready to move his family here. He was pretty emotional about leaving… he loves this place. Garland was supposed to leave today as well (with Esther), but he has extended his stay until the 15th to make sure the company finishes getting set up. We still have to finish the incorporation and set up bank accounts for everyone.

Also, it looks like I’m back to getting the Bajaj Avenger. In fact, everyone is going to get an Avenger except for Albert who wants a scooter. As soon as the company bank account it set up we’re heading down to the Bajaj dealer to make the purchases! Everyone is really excited.

Oh and, Happy Birthday Bree and Dad! I wish I was there to celebrate with you guys. I promise I’ll bring you something nice back from India soon. :)

Oh, and Happy 4th to my fellow countrymen everywhere!

posted by Jesse at 7:05 am  

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