12 Reasons to Celebrate Demonetization

India’s demonetization is having a major impact on her people, especially the poor and middle class.  In a society that remains cash-driven, the removal of a considerable portion of exchangeable notes in a short period of time resulted in significant and in some cases unrecoverable consequences for a large number of honest, hard working Indians.  However, while people complain, there are a number of benefits to demonetization. 

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Expat Roberto’s Caipirinha con Rum

India, especially southern India, is almost always warm enough for a nice island cocktail—we don’t need to make our fruity drink and then stare out the window longing for summer because it’s always summer!  So, in the spirit of Brazilian nationalism and just in time for the holidays, I present Expat Roberto’s Caipirinha con Rum, aka la bebida que hace querer quitarse la ropa—Yes, I’m aware that is Spanish.  Yes, I’m aware they speak Portuguese in Brazil.  No, I’m not interested in learning Portuguese.

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Where is the India Pale Ale (IPA)?
Portland knows IPA.

Where is the India Pale Ale (IPA)?

The India Pale Ale, or IPA, is as elusive as a Bengal tiger, as flavorful as chana masala, and sought after by virtually every Western expat—as well as some Indian’s.  It is a beer without equal and without boundaries.  It is the thirst quenching, dry-mouthed, aromatically hoppy king of craft beers, and there isn’t a decent one on all of the Indian subcontinent—save what I and a few other expats bring with us when we return from a trip.

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10 Reasons to Spend Two Weeks in India

India offers tourists unmatched access to perception-altering sights, sounds, and flavors.  Forget The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; The Darjeeling Limited; Slumdog Millionaire; Eat, Pray, Love; Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom—these movies don’t even begin to reveal the real India.  To understand India’s quirks and irks, ceaseless cacophony, and amalgamated intrigue, pity, and revulsion requires a visit.

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