First trip out to India 1976, last 2002. Favorites: Udaipur, Pune, and since no one else loves it, Hyderabad. Focus of research: agrarian structure and agricultural development. Village level work: Maharashtra courtesy of Fulbright Foundation, AIIS. Can amuse and appall people in Hindi & Marathi and at one time in Urdu. Baffling in Bengali. Thinks of Gumperz, Van Olphen, V.G.Kaleji (my language teachers) as gods. Thinks of Urdu as the most beautiful language and is one of a few dozen people that even know of that tragically neglected language: Modhi. Favorite cuisine: Punjabi and favorite people: Maharashtrans. Personal heroes: Harold Mann, Daniel Thorner, Wolf Ladejinsky. Always plotting to get back to India but recently desperately house poor. Thinks that money drives us all and doesn't take things too seriously as a result. Motto: If you live long enough every possible embarasment will occur to you. Also known as: Things are never so bad they can't get worse..
And finally freed up from scrimping for college tuition and so back in India and now Bangladesh, jai Bangladesh with sweet people and insane traffic jams. Its a whale of a thrill on a motorcycle..