We went to the western edge of India, on the Pakistan border again. This time, the desolate sands of the Thar Desert separated us from seeing the other side.
I have promised Jim not to write too much of our adventures. He’s brewing a travel piece of his own and since his writing keeps this family fat and happy and mine is mere indulgence, I won’t over-do it here.
Instead, I have exercised my newly acquired Final Cut Pro skills and put together a little look-see for you. It’s full of imperfections, but I will fiddle no more… When I fix one problem, everything shifts slightly and I end-up with six other problems. The cruel joke with this amazing editing program is that one can fiddle forever! It’s like checking into the Hotel California…
Enjoy the journey below. It starts on the overnight train out of Delhi:
Lala: She can’t stop growing. She wears my clothes, my shoes; she uses my make-up, cream, perfume; and now, she reads my books! I was a few chapters into “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” when it disappeared. My mother called me “fingers” because I couldn’t keep my hands off her things. The apple isn’t falling far from this tree.
The boys: Smelly, Dirty, Loud, Exhausting. Need I say more?
Jim: Facing final. final. final. final. edits on Brave Dragons. It releases Valentines Day and this is my first of many plugs: It’s an AWESOME read. The book tour is late February/March, and many of you will get to see him (and maybe me). Stay tuned.
Work: Crazy fun. I never know if there will be electricity or Internet, or whether the toilet will flush. There’s no AC. But I do have a hard-ass boss who keeps the doors of the school open in this country that prefers to see them closed, and brilliant students who meet the challenges I throw at them. On the sidelines we have mafia goons who control electricity to the building, transvestite eunuchs who insist we pay them to avoid bad omens, and uneducated construction workers who carelessly shower bricks on the street two-stories below when they build a window. It’s never a dull day at World Media Academy, delhi! Check out the school’s website if you have a moment: http://worldmediaacademy.com/