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Monday, August 4, 2008

Drag Queens of Delhi

Queen of Fun

Aug 4th 2008 article in the Hindustan Times, HT City p3

On Thursday we organized a drag party at one of Delhi’s nightclubs. The ratio of guys dressed in drag to girls dressed in drag was really low (you all know I’m a crazy mofo and was, of course, one of the 2 guys decked out to the level of the girls). The looks on peoples’ faces were priceless, especially when we started dancing in front of the DJ at Capitol! Can’t wait until next month when we have an entirely new but equally awesome theme.

Oh. You probably want to know what we looked like:

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posted by Jesse at 1:34 pm  

Thursday, July 10, 2008

New Photos (2008.07.10)

I really enjoy taking my camera with me on my daily lunch walks. After working here for 2 years I started taking for granted how much there is to see all around me. I narrowly missed a monkey leaping through the air a few feet from me; I got the shot framed quite nicely, but it’s much too blurry (my shutter speed was too low).

There’s a family who seems to live and work on one of the back roads. I stopped to take their portrait and I’m going to get some prints made for them tomorrow. It occurred to me that they may not have any at all! Maybe I can make a difference in the world through photography!



Noida Family Portrait

“Noida Family Portrait”







Stone Sink

“Stone Sink”

posted by Jesse at 7:22 pm  

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

New Photos (2008.07.09)

Recent photos…

Wild Cait

“Wild Woman”

Two Yellows

“Two Yellows”

Roadside Trees

“Roadside Trees”

Company Vehicle

“Company Vehicle”

Roadside Scale

“Roadside Scale”



Let me back in!

“Let me back in!”

posted by Jesse at 10:52 pm  

Monday, April 14, 2008

Indiana Jonesing Around Delhi


It has been a really long while since I took time out to appreciate the culture of the city around us. On Sunday we set off on an urban safari. What we saw wasn’t much different than any other day – but we were looking at everything in a different light. We had fun cruising the streets of Delhi for a few hours before we decided to dig a little deeper and go to Red Fort. However, on the way up Mathura Road we passed a sign advertising “Old Fort Lake Boating”, and we knew we couldn’t pass that up. We’d have to do Red Fort another day!

Delhi_Safari-16 I don’t come to this part of Delhi often and I am constantly amazed by our celebrity status. Everyone wants their picture taken with us. Maybe it’s the glasses! The girls, especially, fell victim to hordes of young Indian boys chasing them around. Fortunately it was only a short walk down the road and through the park to get to the lake.

Delhi_Safari-36 We had a few options: get driven around on a larger boat with an outboard motor, get driven around 1-by-1 on a small craft resembling a jet ski, or doing our own paddling on a paddle boat. We opted for the latter. It was loads of fun, including lots of bumping into other boats, buying some cotton candy from a lake-side vendor, and splashing water at cute kids.

Delhi_Safari-50 After tooling around the lake for awhile we decided to head inside the fort to take a look around. This involved a relaxing walk around the towering walls of the fort near the lake. We eventually found the ticket booth, but the girls had to pay full price (100 rupees) while I managed to get in for the Indian-native price of 5 rupees due to my PAN card (my government ID that says I pay Indian taxes). I was actually surprised it worked. I should attempt this at other monuments!

Delhi_Safari-76 It was already getting late so we made fast for the ruined walls. We wanted to get to the spots we could see from the outside. We found some amazing views up on the wall and after a little exploring were rewarded with an unlocked gate leading to the top! The breeze was awesome and the view just as good. I wasn’t aware that Delhi had much of a skyline, but it does. It actually reminds me of Gainesville, with most of the city hidden below the trees:

Skyline from Old Fort in Delhi

There is so much to see in this city, and I have only scratched the surface in the 2 years that I have been here. I think I’m due for some more urban safari weekends as soon as possible!


posted by Jesse at 11:36 pm  

Friday, March 14, 2008


Village market near Noida, where we buy fruit on our way home.

Public restroom. Very public.

The motor pool at the office.

Mad about something…

posted by Jesse at 9:19 pm  
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