Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hanging Out in Delhi

Well, I don't have much to report. Ian and I are currently in Delhi. I was having some stomach issues so we decided to get me checked out in a bigger city. We went to a very nice upscale hospital in Greater Kailash and they gave me some antibiotics and told me to come back for a check up on Friday. That means we have some time to hang out and recharge before heading back to work. So we went to one of our favorite restaurants for lunch and did some shopping. Now we are back at our horribly over-priced but not so impressive hotel watching tv and using their wireless internet. Hopefully tomorrow we can catch a movie! :) Unfortunately, Delhi suffered a terrorist attack last weekend so there is a lot of police out and it has gotten a little hard to move around. However, there doesn't seem to be any reason to think that the terrorist group that took responsibility is planning any more attacks in the capital.

The weather (late rainy season downpours) and my under-the-weatherness has made getting anything done relatively difficult. I spent Sunday and Monday with my RWs and when I get back I am determined to be productive!!! Ian was able to go to some villages last week which was a good. However, he has run into a funny problem where his informants are afraid of giving him the wrong information so they want to go and write down the "correct" history with citations and THEN talk to him. Of course, he wants to know what stories people know, rather than the "Truth" with a capital T.

I will let everyone know when we are back in Bharatpur. Hope all is going well in the States!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Still here

Well, September is here and Ian and I are still plugging along. Things have been slow at the park. Not many tourists, so my RW spend most of the day sleeping in their rickshaws. Not the most stimulating of research situations. Ian is still meeting with people and trying to pin them down for interviews.

The weather is hot and muggy, though we had a nice rain this morning. The monsoon lasts until about mid-September so we should have a few more rainy days before the end of it. The farmers are busy harvesting their summer crops and getting ready to plant mustard and chickpeas.

Besides that, not much is going on. Hopefully I'll have lots to tell next time. Send us news from America. We would love to hear it. And if anyone knows anything about a machine that is suppose to cause the world to end, I would like to know more. My RW were saying that they heard it on the news. Weird, huh? Lots of love! E