On Inhabiting India
last night i had a little (and by little i mean big) visitor. it sounded as if there was a miniature plane crash in my room. i tend to keep the window and my door to the balcony open as my allergies go haywire if i don't. my big mistake was reading The Tipping Point with the light on at that time of night. my new friend crashed into my chair and fell on to my broken computer chord. when i think of big bugs, i think of daddy long legs. this was different. i decided i had two options. i could 1) stay within my nice, mosquito netting and obsessively wonder for the next four months where this massive beetle might have wandered to (possible areas might include the floor next to my bed one morning as i wake up and there would be a loud crunch, under my feet, or maybe the my clothing drawers...beetle squirming in my pocket=discomfort, or 2) take this challenge of the catch and release method and export it to it's proper living place (as in outside). because i am so brave, i captured and i took photos, as you can see. i took about 20...maybe that's carried away. i have another in the miscellaneous pic album. the coin in this photo is a lot closer to the camera that the beetle is, so the beetle appears smaller. if you look at the other picture, keep in mind that the coin is a little bit larger in diameter than the american quarter. in otherwords, this beetle is about 2.5 to 3 inches. yes. my idea of a friday night party. and the beetle is now outside, i hope. i imagined huge beetles crawling all over me for about an hour before i could fall asleep last night. while writing this entry, i must have wrote "beatle" instead of "beetle" atleast 10 times. oh and there is also a picture of me "playing" cricket at fergusson college here in pune. laugh. no really, laugh. cricket is an absolute obsession here in india. the match lasts about 6 hours and it's all dramatic and exciting on television. heh.