I’ve finally posted again after a long, long hiatus. Traveling must be the excuse. (click the slideshow below for the larger, Picasa version)

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I’m finishing up a month and a half or so in India, which has been mostly work and some wandering and play thrown in. My colleague and friend Conor and I did a several week stint in the lab testing emissions from autorickshaws, which dominated the first 3-4 weeks. I then extended my trip for a few more weeks to try to get a little groundwork laid for another possible project here later this year. We’ll see what happens.

Most of the trip has been in Delhi – a mad, mad place. I’ve enjoyed my stay here, largely because I’ve lived in a very comfortable relaxed environment in South Delhi (Thanks Suparna and Manna!) and have a nice little network of friends and colleagues who’ve given welcome respite from the chaos of which Delhi is composed. It’s a tremendously complicated and layered city and I’ve learned quite a bit more about its history on this trip. Something like 3000 years of continuous habitation, multiple massive forced relocations over that time (most recently during Partition in 1947, which is still most definitely felt) have contributed to a place with layers of history and culture that boggle my mind.

Anyhow, hopefully I’ll have a few more photos and thoughts soon, but for now here’s a few of my recent experiences and the places I’ve visited…