Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Star Trek: The Indian Generation

When you're a "Star Trek" fan and you move to India, you quickly realize that the the show borrowed from Hindi for the names of alien races that the crew of the Enterprise encountered in their adventures.

In "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," we got to know the Ferengi -- a profit-oriented race.

In India, "firangi" means "foreigners."

In "Deep Space Nine", we also got to know the Jemhidar, a warrier race subservient to another race.

Jemhidar is an old Indian military rank.

"Star Trek" fans: have you seen any other examples of Hindi in the show?

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

So, what's your favorite tea?

Comments, please!

(See the post below)

Friday, September 16, 2005

Tea'd off

One thing India has plenty of is tea. After all, it comes from this part of the world. And there are many different kinds of tea. And it's fun to try them.

Across the road from my office -- in the Leela Galleria shopping center -- is the Cha Bar, a small cafe tucked inside the Oxford book shop. "Cha" means "tea" and the Cha Bar lives up to its name. The menu has many more pages devoted to tea than it does to food.

I go to the Cha Bar about once a week as a break in my lunchtime routine. And, to taste teas. I've been working my way down the menu, tea by tea.

So far, I've found that I really like Darjeeling (they have a couple of varieties, such as first flush, second flush, etc.) and Assam teas. I don't like southern Indian teas as much, but I like having the opportunity to try them.

The tea menu includes varieties from other countries, such as Japanese green tea, and I've been trying them, too.

At the store, I like to buy Dilmah teas. They are grown in Sri Lanka and are very good. Their Earl Grey is more subtle than Twinning's Earl Grey. There's less bergamot in it (My wife, Diane, used to refer to the Twinning's variety as "Aramis Tea" because the smell reminded her of Aramis aftershave).

Dilmah's English breakfast blend is also very good.

Before coming to India, my favorite tea was Twinning's Irish Breakfast. It's strong.

How about you? What's your favorite tea?

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Elephant Men: Jay and I ride a pachyderm named Lily at Bannerghatta Biological Park, about an hour south of Bangalore. After the ride, we fed her whole ears of corn! Fun. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 11, 2005

The itsy-bitsy spider ...

This morning, I called my son Jay out to our back balcony to have a look at a small, brown spider on the wall.

Said Jay, "I've seen bigger spiders in the shower."

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


A reader asks what "chichi" means (See my last posting).

"Chichi" means trendy and fashionable. And that's today's post.