Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Recruitment has Started at both Hotels - Vizag and Jaipur

Hello everyone, Recruitment has started at both hotels.

If anyone is interested in working for either hotel, please send your updated CV/resume to my email address:



Saturday, June 6, 2009

A Unique Find .....and how I won a $100 from Parker!

Not much has changed......even though time and distance has separated us for months.....some things never change...

While at the Zip Line Adventure, our instructors pointed out a spot on the horizon that was the site of a step well that was built in the 18th the history was told to us, bad times had come to Neemrana.......a severe drought had caused all of the village the leave and the small city was destined to become a ghost town......but the fort became useful once again and at the urging of the followers a huge bawdi was built to store water.

The step well that Preston and I discovered at Tugluqabad Fort was impressive, and I thought that it would be interesting to show Parker and Linda what a "step well" was all about. So at the conclusion of our adventure, I asked Ramesh to make a turn so that we could find it.........this is the part of the story where after some time of driving on the road, we could not find the landmarks that were pointed out to us......and of course, Parker had to place a bet that I had instructed Ramesh to go in the wrong direction. This was a sign that Parker was becoming bored and I was beginning to wonder if the visit was even going to be worthwhile. After all, the step well that Preston and I found at Tugluqabad, though impressive, was after all just a hole in the ground.

After proving Parker wrong,and winning my $100 bet, the car was parked and out we hopped. We began walking towards a very simple wall and came upon one of the most magnificent civil construction projects that I had ever witnessed......this step well was beautiful.

This Bawdi descends 9 stories, at 20 feet each.....180 feet below the surface of the land.....125 steps to the bottom.....Parker and Preston took off right away and got as far as their noses would let them......according to Parker, the smell of bat guano stopped he and Preston in their water.....according to Parker..

Meanwhile, I was snapping photographs from above and Linda became the object of curiosity of some of the village boys....asking in broken English all sorts of questions. All were courteous of course...and it earned them some candy from inside the car.

We vowed to return to Neemrana one was a romantic place for sure.....and I want to spend some additional time exploring this magnificent step well....there is certainly more here to discover.

Friday, June 5, 2009

It's all about Parker!

Word's cannot describe how much we are all enjoying having Parker around.....a complete family once again for a short time.

Well he has had a series of "FIRST'S"......on this trip,

including the all important Tuk Tuk Ride......we took it to the market one lazy Sunday when the temperature reached a cool 115 was on this trip in the Tuk Tuk to Sarogini Market that he also learned the art of negotiation......where the vendor started out wanting to sell us a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses for 1200 INR ($24).....and we finally paid 150 INR ($3).....only to learn that I could have paid 50 INR ($1) just a few steps away!

And then there was the visit to Qutub of my favorite places here in Delhi......

Humayan's Tomb was a Parker scaled a wall to a high point.....and then we snuck into an area on top of the roof of this old mosque.....and I caught him in the shadows.

Then there was this picture...taken at Rockman's Beer Island.....after his first flat tire on the way back from Neemrana Fort, in 118 degree weather, we were all craving an adult beverage.

And then there was the famous kissing of the camel!

Parker.......we are enjoying you being with us......this blog entry is ALL about You!

Ramesh's Birthday......# 32 !!!!!

May 27th was Ramesh's has been some time back now, and the blog entry is just making its debut. I am typically about 1 week behind....I wish i could find the time to blog once a day, but that simply isn't possible.

I am not sure if everyone realizes this, the second most dangerous place to drive in the world is India......this statistic popped up early in the research we did on India before moving. Linda knew that they only way the family would be safe was to ask for a driver....and the company was very nice to provide one for us......although it may seem like a luxury to any reader in the US, it is simply a MUST HAVE here in India.

Ramesh has been with me since I arrived.....October 1st 2008.....he picked me up at the airport as a professional driver working for a rental car service......I knew right away he was the man for the job....the guy that was going to keep my family and I safe while we are here in India.

How special is Ramesh.....considering that he left a job that he has worked for 12 years to come and work for our family says a great deal about him.....One of my earliest blog entries featured Ramesh.....

He may drive for us.....but he is truly much more....he translates, he troubleshoots, he gives advice, he runs errands, he is a GPS system,he is a historian, he is a tour guide to us and friends, he knows everyone, he is resourceful he has a great sense of humor (picks on Preston alot), he is a Zip Line participant and he basically fills ANY GAP for us when we are in need. He has become part of our family.

Linda has had more compliments about Ramesh than she has had about me!

For his birthday we had one of his favorite meals......we invited his friend Surrender and Surrender's wife Renu and their son Naman!

Parker was here to help us celebrate.....and Hiralal joined the dinner as well.

Linda personally baked him a cake and had purchased some of those trick candles that keep re lighting after they have been blown out. It was fun watching both Ramesh and Naman when they kept lighting back up on their own.

We learned a little about birthdays in was explained to us that birthdays are significant when a person is much younger, but as they age, there are not any formal parties like we have in the ice birthday birthday cards.

One of our friends, Cristy, gave Ramesh the nickname...James Bond! He is good....there is no doubt about it.

He certainly is more to us than a driver.......and not because of all of the miscellaneous tasks he performs......he has really been a blessing to us while on this adventure......we all think he is the best!

Happy Birthday Ramesh.......and best wishes for many, many, many, more!

The pictures did not come out too well......but here they are and a few bonus pictures.