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Life After Pox  Posted on 04/12/2015
Friend: I can barely see anything. Your face looks fine. I don't know what you worry about. I can literally see nothing other than a tiny thing on your forehead.Me: Before the pox my skin was very smooth, with no blemishes. Now there...
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Thirty Years A Hunk  Posted on 03/31/2015
I suffered a terrible bout of adult chicken pox, leaving my previously unblemished skin tarnished. Once I was no longer contagious I returned to work.Coworker: How's your chicken pox? All recovered?Me: There are scars and holes all...
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A Goodly Woman for a Goodly Man  Posted on 03/10/2015
I received an interesting email today:Hey. My name is Ekaterina :) I'm from Kirghizia and very goodly woman! and I'm trying to find goodly Man ;) If You are interested ;) reply me ;) I can send You my photo attached, good bye)...
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The Living Root Bridges of Cherrapunjee  Posted on 01/12/2015
We walked down the rough path leading to the river by the village of Mawlynnong. As we approached an jaw-dropping sight awaited - the living root bridges of Cherrapunjee. It takes a lot to impress me, considering what I see in the mirror...
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Asia's Cleanest Village  Posted on 01/06/2015
As it was Valentine’s Day, my driver asked for permission to bring his girlfriend along on our day trip to Mawlynnong, Asia’s ‘cleanest village’ and home of the spellbinding living root bridges. A true romantic, I...
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The Wettest Place on Earth  Posted on 01/04/2015
Resuming my journey in the northeast of India, I caught a bus to Shillong near my lodge at Kaziranga. The capital of the state of Meghalaya, Shillong is a scenic hill station nestled among rolling green hills. My thirst for cheap...
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Arnab's Year in Cities, 2014  Posted on 12/28/2014
As the drums of Bosingak ushered in the new year in the heart of Seoul, my time in Korea came to an end. I spent the first third of the year wandering through lands both familiar (India and Thailand) and slightly less familiar (Philippines...
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Sycophants  Posted on 12/28/2014
I asked an ex-colleague in Korea if he was a sycophant after observing how his behaviour changed whenever he was taking orders from his boss. He did not know what the term meant. I explained that it was someone who continuously sucks up to...
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Radish and Hoe  Posted on 12/28/2014
In Beijing, my colleague and I were returning to the office after lunch. A girl passed by in front of us. Her boyfriend, obediently carrying her purse, followed a few steps behind. She was not aesthetically pleasing, causing my...
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Two Worlds, One Francisco  Posted on 11/24/2014
With its Soweto-like living conditions and Swedish level cost of living, modern day San Francisco is a curious place. On one hand there is the decaying infrastructure and the complete absence of a social safety net for its many...
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