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"Vegetarian or non-vegetarian?" -- now I know for sure.

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Men do ALL the serving duties -- including male housekeepers in the hotel. In fact, you see very few women on the streets, apparently they are all at home or working as domestics (I was told).


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The table was gorgeous -- and five courses!


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That's Rob in the lighter color suit with his back toward the camera -- unfortunately!


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Rob's team won "fastest hole" during the golf outing. Here he's returning to the table after accepting the heavy crystal trophy. This is our friend Shubha from the dealer in Chennai.


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Gala Night: a variety of dance styles ending with a big Bollywood finale. Bollywood is the equivalent of Hollywood in India and they create very stylized and predictable movies. They feature lots of "MTV video" sexy dancing with a never-fail happy-ending between the boy and the girl. The Indians explained they love these movies because it lets them forget their troubles and feel happy. Google "Bollywood" sometime, you'll be amazed.


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At the "Gala Dinner" the mosquitos had ME for dessert. I'm wearing the pearl bracelet Jen and Cath gave me as a wedding gift -- it will be 6 years in December!


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I was told some of the painting requires a single-strand brush. The artists are actually copying ancient works of art from the various temples.


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I wanted to buy a "miniature" painting at this stall, but ran out of time -- I'll have to return on Rob's next trip! A miniature isn't small, rather very detailed. Bargaining was required -- which I hate! Thankfully my new friend, Judith, who lives in Bangalore, was as steady as a rock. These vendors pulled nothing over on her!


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This was taken at an open bazaar. The lady in white is the CEO's wife, Kate, who was very nice and also required armed security and her own Range Rover. The rest of us took the bus :) The other Western ladies are VP wives and the two Indian ladies are married to the Indian dealer principals -- they helped coordinate the entire event and were very gracious hostesses. Pia, in orange, was especially theatrical in her dress and manners, her jewelry was amazing.


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This stand is in the Calcutta International terminal. Very special and expensive! Rob didn't want me to snap this in the airport and draw attention to us, but I did it anyway.


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Blackberry works in Calcutta. We enjoyed two beers before we were told any more than two must be approved by airport security, so we settled for two for the 3-hour layover. We fortunately had an airport "tourist helper" to get through security and deal with luggage, the process was not at all logical to us. Airports are kind of scary in India. No ticket agent at the gate, but a big burly armed military policeman takes your ticket -- there are no seating classes apparently and no one waits in line, just chaos.


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