Two Monkeys, One Tale: Published
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Two Monkeys, One Tale: Published

Two Monkeys, One Tale is available on Amazon Kindle (HERE) and hard copy (HERE).  You can see a preview of the book HERE.  (The preview doesn’t look exactly like the book.  For some reason the paragraph indents aren’t in the preview, but appear in the e-book and hard copy.  I’m in negotiations with #Amazon—read, begging—to fix the issue.  Ugh, Amazon.)

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Should I Write About Tampons?

Jason stared helplessly over the hood of a leased Toyota Innova wondering where to find tampons in India.  This was a topic with which he was thoroughly unfamiliar.  He knew what tampons were—25 years of marriage has that effect—but was mostly sheltered from having to consider them.  As his driver barreled through midday Hyderabad traffic, Jason carefully considered his options.  

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Are you glad to be back?
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Are you glad to be back?

The question is so common since our repatriation that we’ve joked about creating business cards summarizing our answers in an easy-to-read bulleted format.  It’s the ice breaker du jour—a convenient, six-word sentence uttered by virtually everyone familiar with our recent two-year hiatus from U.S. residency.  It’s a crowd-pleasing, comfortable, mildly depressing party question that evokes a fair bit of stammering, questionable statements, and creative explanations on our part.  It’s a question you shouldn’t ask lightly—because you might just get an answer that surprises, or delights, or possibly sets one off balance in a way that leaves you wondering why you asked in the first place.

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HELP!

Most expats are unaccustomed to having help around the house—unless we have children, or as we used to call our kids, “little indentured servants.”  Indian drivers, housekeepers, nannies, and cooks are foreign concepts—no pun intended.  But in India, most of the places you’ll consider living have servant’s quarters, a separate servant’s entrance, and potentially a separate elevator.  What is a normal part of affluent Indian life seems quite absurd to many of us.

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The 2017 Hyderabad Marathon

The 2017 Hyderabad half-marathon is two days away and guess who’s running.  That’s right!  I am throwing my hat, legs, and will power into plodding the 21 kilometers from Hussain Sagar Lake to the Gachibowli Stadium—13.1 miles of treacherous, urban Indian roadway in the middle of monsoon, the steamiest, wettest, smelliest time of year.  This seems like less of a good idea with each passing day.

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