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Why chai at six? Because growing up, my family and I would have chai every evening. Those moments of my youth are among my most favorite memories.

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    chai at six
    I just peeled and cut a papaya today and have spent the afternoon eating it while cleaning the apartment and doing laundry. It's a nice day to be doing this — it's warm outside with a cool breeze. All my windows and blinds are open and I'm playing some salsa.

    Oooh, I really do like papayas. And pomegranates. And peaches and lychees. I just wish we could get the same caliber of fruit in the U.S. as we would get in Z. Nothing can compare to a papaya (popo) felled from our tree in the backyard of our house in Kitwe. All orangey and juicy. Yum!

    Pomegrantes are pretty damn good too. Their taste is a good mix of sweet tanginess. And it's fun biting on the seeds.

    Enough of the crazy fruit-loving ode. I'm off to Indiana tomorrow. Going to see my super-excellent Kaka and Kaki. Should be fun. It'll be my first time in that state. Should be good.

    Posted by Jigsha at 7/16/2004 04:09:00 PM | link to entry | 0 comments

    Lowell and I went hiking in Virginia today. We hiked near the Cumberland Gap to White Rocks and sat on the edge of the cliffs and looked at the gorgeous scene down below us. We picked blueberries and I managed to scale a rocky pass, which just thrilled me.

    After the cliffs, we walked the other way to see Sand Cave. This was my first time and I had no idea what to expect. Getting tired with the heat and the hike and trying to dodge stinging nettles and horse dung, I was just ready to get to the place, not caring what it was like. What I saw was stunning beauty.

    Once we climbed down the steep steps I heard the sound of water gushing down rocks. We crossed a few trickles of water and then, there it was: this large cave, with sand like that on a beach. A small cascade of water ran down the entrance of the cave. Inside, the roof of the cave showed an array of color. The temperature was cool, a welcome respite from the muggy temperature in the woods. I knew I had to be barefoot as I ran around in the cave.

    Oh my God. It was so much fun. There was no one there but us. I ploughed through the sand, sinking in with each step struggling as I attempted to run up to the back. The sand felt so good and cool. I sat down and wiggled my toes and looked up at the colors. Perfect.

    So we sat there a while, and I tried to trace the back end of the cave as I walked precariously on a rock outgrowth, almost slipping a couple of times. We saw tiny formations of pebbles picked up from the sand, after dripping water washed away the grit. It was just so much fun.

    Posted by Jigsha at 7/11/2004 11:01:00 PM | link to entry | 0 comments

    So this summer will officially kick in the end of July with my hopes of a little orange party. It'll be the first time I have a lot more people at the apartment, so we'll see how it goes. Why an orange gathering? To celebrate the fabulous orange wall. Want to know more? Send me a note.

    It's really interesting to think how I now like having people over and enjoy being a mini-social hostess. I like cooking for other people too. Before, I hardly ever did either. And in Z., I would always get a little embarrassed to have a few friends over. Also, when I lived with the boys, I just never called anyone over, most likely though because we lived in far away in East Falls.

    I'm glad my psyche, feeling, whatever, has changed and that now I love having company over. Also just having people stay a while; it's safe to say that I have fairly good idea of what to show people and where to take them here. Come pay me a visit and you'll get to see the most interesting contrasts of East Tennessee. Plus admire the orange wall in person too!

    Posted by Jigsha at 7/10/2004 11:10:00 AM | link to entry | 0 comments

    Last weekend was docu-filled. Watched "Supersize Me" and "Fahrenheit 9-11," and heartily recommend both.

    Have also started reading "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen. (I'm either always way late or way early. Habit, I guess.) Both my smart lit friends have recommended it (as did Oprah), and so far it's been promising and holding my interest. Though I am only a couple of pages through.

    I admit it is a nice change from my normal chick-lit reading habit. Neurotic 20something-year-olds with strange sex habits — while easy and fun to read — can be quite repetitive after a while.

    I'm pining to watch "Crossballs," which airs tonight on Comedy Central. But sadly I don't have Comedy Central on my cable chananel lineup. I read a review on it and it sounds quite riveting — cable news debate, The Daily News style. Catch it if you can. It's on tonight (Tuesday) at 7:30 EDT.

    Tomorrow Nashville and promises of a bright future.

    Posted by Jigsha at 7/06/2004 01:01:00 PM | link to entry | 0 comments

    I forgot to mention: Happy Fourth! Hope it's amazing and wonderfilled for you.

    Posted by Jigsha at 7/04/2004 01:44:00 AM | link to entry | 0 comments

    Where have I been you ask? Driving the Southeast, I answer.

    The past couple of weeks have been hectic, filled with many more roadtrips and travels. I continue to be in denial that my traveling will somewhat subside or that time is flying by as fast as it is. I can't believe my luck. And I am in amazement of the infinity of time.

    Ah, I digress. A close friend of mine — and quite possibly my oldest friend — came to visit the United States from England. Nisha spent one week in Texas with a mutual friend and the second week with me. It was really good to see her and we laughed a lot as we regaled each other with stories and memories of our life back in the day. What's pretty sweet too, is we're both on similar planes in our lives now, so we related to each other on many different levels — all this while never having seen each other in three years, or properly hanging out in six years.

    What we did while she was here: visited the very happening Knoxville downtown where there was a pretty good outdoor concert with Neil Bush and fireworks for Honda Hoot; drove through Cades Cove and shopped at the Outlet Stores in Pigeon Forge; walked and window-shopped Asheville, N.C., perused Green Acres Flea Market and West Town Mall; toured Chattanooga, South Pittsburgh and Russell Cave; visited family friends and scored bargain deals at the unclaimed bagagge center in Scottsboro, Ala.; battled traffic in Atlanta and met up with more old friends.

    Atlanta, was cool and happening as always. I met a cousin who recently moved there after seeing him 13 years ago in India. Also got to have dinner with the always wonderful Nisha and Dharmisha. And visited several random bars and cafes while commuting around for about 12 hours.

    But wait! There's more. I roadtripped with Chado to Newport, Tenn. What a fine example of a small true Southern town. There's a dry-goods store there that's just like the general stores in Kitwe. Saw the synchronized fireflies at Elkmont one Wednesday night with Stephanie and Elizabeth. A very cool sight; if you're near, you must go. Don't forget the flashlight.

    Now on the homefront: I'm in the painting mood. I've painted my bathroom a bright green and large wall in my lounge a bright orange. And as chance would have it, most of the stores in the malls I visited displayed similiar shades of orange and green. So the home improvement has begun again. It's beginning to look more like a home now, which is somewhat daunting.

    Although my novice painter hands show throughout with paint drops on my wood floors and smudges on the ceiling. The landlord won't like that when I move out.

    I'm supposed to stay in Knoxville for the next two weeks though, so look out for more. I'm back.

    Posted by Jigsha at 7/04/2004 01:19:00 AM | link to entry | 0 comments