tevan alexander
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July 21, 2005
The Doppel Effect
Your doppelganger is showing. He's laughing while jumping in a fountain in Rome. She's the receptionist at a hostel in Barcelona. You see thousands of people when you travel and after a while, faces and mannerisms repeat themselves.

In ten days I depart for Mumbai, India. I tell myself I think I know, but I have no idea what I'll face there. In Europe, the Big Picture has gotten bigger than the frame and my brain is ready to burst -- in a manner of speaking -- like a Pollock.

I've been backpacking with my friend Emily for most of this month. We met up with my brother, Rajan, in Nice, France, where we all are now. It's Nice to have friends here. And when I leave for India, it will be nice to have them there in spirit -- an advantage to seeing double. Faces and mannerisms.

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this is a good series about visiting India. of course I've never been there, but you will be, and can compare this journalist's views with what's really over there.

lindseylink to this comment
July 23, 2005 7:23 PM

thank you lindsey -- I like that piece. lonely planet is also honest in the introduction to its guidebook on india by stating that you may love or hate india, but you'll never forget it.

in lisbon, portugal there was a man with a huge brown growth on his face outside the pension I stayed at. after a double-take, I wanted desperately to believe the growth was a mask.

in madrid, spain there was an armless beggar by the sol train station who wailed all day as he shook a bowl of change from his mouth. I can't imagine what it will be like to see these people simultaneously in eyeshot.

tevanlink to this comment
July 23, 2005 9:03 PM

oh head waggle..

we used to make fun of my mom for doing it. and then i started doing it myself. i don't know exactly when.

Maybe my problem was that i wasn't ready to accept the chaos..

the temple i was talking about.. i *think* is near mysore.. I know its in a city named thirupathi.. it might be the same one...

kamlalink to this comment
July 28, 2005 12:40 AM


I got a dose of head waggle at the mumbai airport. while I knew to expect it, I was still thrown off when it happened. I couldn't tell if the waggle was good or bad, but it seemed like it could be either.


tevanlink to this comment
August 02, 2005 9:21 AM