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Three Covers: Fact or Fiction?

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Three of my favorite authors released their new books recently. I have not read any yet but its interesting how each of these three books can be viewed as either fact or fiction depending on your upbringing and perspective.

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September 20, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Sooner than Later in Oklahoma

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This Thursday, our plane landed in the Sooner State, Oklahoma. The Dallas-bound plane had to divert from the flight plan when a storm reached DFW sooner than the plane did. The plane remained in a holding pattern for some time but with little fuel remaining, it slid back to land at the Oklahoma City. With that unexpected landing, Oklahoma became the 24th American state I had set foot in.

Until this Thursday, I never thought I would go there – kind of like Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri and Alabama. I wonder if anyone except for their residents travel to these places. Some of these states are huge but I reckon very little scope for tourism or business-related travel.

But then, it is perhaps foolhardy to create lists for travel like ‘touch all continents’, ‘all states of India’, ‘all states of the USA’. Yet, list-making is what many of us do to make sense of disorganized information. Lists are easy to consume and easy to action.

So, here is a list of the US states that I have touched so far:

New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Atlanta, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, California, Texas, Utah, Colorado…and now, Oklahoma.

Of course, District of Columbia too.

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June 14, 2009 at 3:52 pm

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We All Came Out From Darwin’s Overcoat!

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Hi! I am a tortoise, my name is George and and I am celebrating the 200th birth anniversary of my good friend Charles Darwin today. I met him for the first time in 1835 when he visited the Pinta island here at Galapagos. The island had long been a haven for my community. According to an old prophecy passed down the generations, strange creatures walking on hind legs (euphemistically called humans) were to arrive on our island one day. We never believed this – Galapagos (which is incidentally named after the first tortoise ever, a la ‘Adam’) appeared so remote that the mere idea of a human being was incredulous. But the chance visit of Charles proved to be an eye-opener for us and personally for me, it was shattering.

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February 12, 2009 at 7:06 pm