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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

That was SO gay!!!

Sunday afforded me the opportunity to make history by taking part in the first ever Gay Pride Parade in India’s capital city. My friends and I heard about it through the national media coverage and decided to check it out, even though they only expected about 150 people to show up. India must be in denial, because there were almost a thousand people there.

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The event was small enough that many of my friends made appearances in the media coverage, interviews and photos:

Some friends were also mentioned in this Yahoo Article

The cast of characters was interesting, including a Gay Dog, a Gay Baby, and quite a few men in dresses!

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There are mixed reactions to the parade among Indians here and abroad. Interestingly, most of the negative comments I have read are from those living abroad. This supports what I have heard before; Indians outside of India are more conservative than those back home. There is a judicial review concerning the legality of a grandfather law banning same-sex relations in India going on right now, so it seems times are changing. I’m very interested to see how big this parade gets next year, but I can always say I was here for the first one!

posted by Jesse at 11:58 am  

Monday, May 26, 2008

When do you stop if you never drop??

Craziness. Our weekend in pictures, which actually started on Thursday (click for more):

Urban Pind

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Headquarters

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Jes’s Birthday on the terrace

More fun at Aqua

Live thrash metal in Noida

posted by Jesse at 4:08 pm  

Monday, April 14, 2008

Indiana Jonesing Around Delhi

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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!

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posted by Jesse at 11:36 pm  

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Soulmate @ Haze

Last night we hit up Haze Bar in Vasant Vihar to catch my favorite Indian blues band, Soulmate. Check out the pics!

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Haze seems like a great place to hang and catch some live music. It’s located in Basant Lok Commercial Center (Priya Market) in Vasant Vihar. Just walk directly away from the movie theater (PVR Priya) and you’ll see it down about 200m on the right, above the street.

posted by Jesse at 1:23 pm  

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sunday Family Fun Day #1

Cinnamon, Raisin, Banana waffles with Strawberries on top!Sahana lounging in the sun. This is her usual bathing suit.Albert, the Spanish Sex Symbol.Whaaaaaat?

It was a beautiful day on Sunday. Albert, Sahana and I had an amazingly American-style experience starting with waffles and omeletes in the morning (The Yellow Brick Road restaurant in the Taj Ambassador Hotel near Khan Market), cheeseburgers by the pool for lunch (Aqua at The Park near Connaught Place), and sushi for dinner (Tabula Rasa in Square One Mall, Saket). It’s nice to be a high-roller and blow off the usual Delhi life-style for awhile… :)

posted by Jesse at 2:10 pm  
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