As many of you know, I spent most of August not at home. Where was I, you ask? In India, visiting my husband’s family. Some of my own family was able to visit at the same time, and we had a great trip. Some highlights: an overnight in a swanky resort, bathing elephants at nearby sanctuary, and a glorious sunset over the Indian Ocean.
I’m slowly catching up after a month away. I’m sorry to say that my Google Reader is getting the Mark-All-As-Read treatment. If you reviewed a book you loved, or read an excellent post on another book blog, please share the link with me so I don’t miss anything unmissable! I’m also giving myself a pass on the comments left over the past month. I read them all and very much appreciate your leaving them, but some are so old that a reply seems silly. So, I’m letting myself start fresh.
And now, without further ado, some pictures! (Captions are above the photo to which they refer.)
When we arrived at the resort, we were greeted with tender coconut water, straight out of the fruit:
The view from our porch
I got to take a tabla lesson from one of the resort’s musicians:
Houseboats on the backwaters:
Bathing the elephants at a nearby sanctuary:
One of the larger elephants heading out for a day of work…carrying his dinner:
Traditional Chinese fishing nets:
And finally, what trip would be complete without some book purchases? I can’t resist browsing books, no matter where I find them! From top to bottom: Fury by Salman Rushdie, In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster, The Imam and the Indian by Amitav Ghosh, The Best of Roald Dahl (short stories), Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie, The Indian Epics Retold by R.K. Narayan, and The Fabric of Our Lives: The Story of Fabindia by Radhika Singh.
On an unrelated note, Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) is coming up in mid-September. It’s the event that really got me into the book blogging community last year, and I’m very much looking forward to it again this year. If you’re a book blogger, be sure to check it out! And if you’re not, there will be plenty of interesting posts throughout the week from your favorite book bloggers. It’s a great time to discover new book blogs, too!