30 Days in India 2016

It was only thirty days.

Or was it?

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” – George Bernard Shaw

Parts of it seem like a dream – equal parts fantastic, equal parts unreal, equal parts dangerous. If it happened, surely it must have happened in the same universe as Oceanic Flight 815. Somewhere in Dubai, when best friends living in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco decided to meet, the adventure began. So maybe it really was all real?? Reality is just perspective – one person’s dream, another person’s nightmare, both of their realities.  Like Shaw wrote, we said “why not?” And in our world, all of it did seem real – both the weeks that included Kolkata, Varanasi, Bombay, and Udaipur to the days that included the Rickshaw Run commencing in Jaisalmer, passing through Jodhpur, Pushkar, Barr, Jaipur, Agra, Kanpur, Darbhanga, Gorakphur, Jalpaguri, Darjeeling, Cooch Behar before finally coming to its conclusion in Shillong.

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I live my life, I will always look back to those thirty days with two of my best friends, as well as meeting new friends, traveling through India as one of the best thirty days of my life. And so even a year later, I am still not finished transcribing all that we lived and all that we saw and all that we felt, but for now, in a nutshell, here’s some of it (more yet to come)…

India: Before the Rickshaw Run

  1. Flight to Dubai – 21 March
  2. Frogger in Kolkata – 22 March
  3. Holi in Varanasi – 23 March
  4. Nightly Pooja in Varanasi – 23 March
  5. 76 Years Young in the Scindhia Guest House – 23 March
  6. Best Exotic Scindhia Guest House – 23 March
  7. A Quick Question
  8. Please Respond
  9. A Moment in Time
  10. Sunrise in Varanasi – 24 March
  11. Nightly Pooja in Varanasi – 24 March
  12. Leopolds in Mumbai – 25 March
  13. Hello Udaipur – 27 March
  14. Udaipur in Slo-Mo – 27 March
  15. Sunrise in Udaipur – 29 March
  16. Indian Superstars
  17. Hotel Stays in India

India: the Rickshaw Run

  1. On the Road to Jaisalmer – 30 March
  2. Our Balls and Our Night in the That Desert – 31 March
  3. Jaisalmer… And So It Begins – 2 April
  4. Day 1: Jaisalmer to Jodhpur – 4 April
  5. Day 2: Jodhpur to Barr – 5 April
  6. Day 3: Barr to Pushkar – 6 April
  7. Day 4: Pushkar to Jaipur – 7 April
  8. Day 4: Jaipur to Agra… Keeping Our Heads – 7 April
  9. Day 6: A Birthday at the Taj – 9 April
  10. Day 7: World War Z – 10 April
  11. Day 8: I Can’t Drive 55 in Bihar – 11 April
  12. Day 9: Still in Bihar – 12 April
  13. Day 10: Happy Birthday to ME – 13 April
  14. Day 10: 46 Happy Birthdays – 13 April
  15. Day 11: Hello Darjelling, I Love You. Won’t You Tell Me Your Name – 14 April
  16. Day 12: A Dead Body on the Road to Guwahati – 15 April
  17. Day 13: The Finish Line in Shilong – 16 April
  18. Day 14: Looking Back on Yesterday – 17 April
  19. A Map of Our Month
  20. Goodbye India. Hello USA.
  21. Goodbye Epic Month. Hello Beethoven.
  22. Hotel Stays in India
  23. What Was It Like?

Before the Trip

  1. Important Dates
  2. Please Donate to Our Charity
  3. Please Donate to Our Charity (2)
  4. What’s an Auto-Rickshaw, You Say?
  5. International Drivers’ Permit
  6. What T-Shirt Should We Wear
  7. Pimpin’ Our Ride
  8. Jaisalmer to Shillong
  9. In Search of India on the 101
  10. Bollywood Movie Trailer
  11. Movie Trailer 1
  12. Movie Trailer 1B
  13. Movie Trailer 2
  14. Movie Trailer 3
  15. Movie Trailer 4
  16. Fixin’ a Rickshaw
  17. Response to Fixin’ a Rickshaw
  18. Where’s DaveRisner?
  19. Where’s DaveRisner (2)
  20. DaveRisner Follows Up
  21. It’s Getting Real
  22. India in Time
  23. The Adventure Begins
  24. We’re Gonna Be Movie Stars!

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