India. The word evokes many images. A land of more than one billion people reaching from the vast Indian Ocean to the stunning Himalayas, India is awash in unparalleled color and beauty. Few locales in the world match its stimulating effect on the five senses — the exotic sights, a cacophony of sound, and exotic smells, tastes, and sensations of a vibrant place. The essence of “India” goes far beyond its exotic, and at times mystical, reputation. Its reality is far more complex that its ecologically diverse geography with dry deserts, towering peaks, and subtropical lowlands; ancient history spanning centuries of kingdoms and modern incarnation; and cultural and spiritual enclaves offer the casual eye at first glance. India is a country in the midst of change that honors its rich heritage as it establishes itself as one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing economies in the world. Millions of tourists journey to India each year to see it for themselves, drawn by the lure of Taj Mahal in Agra, the Golden Triangle, the Land of Kings, Rajasthan, Kerala, and elsewhere. Most soon discover that India is so much more than that. It is a home to countless languages, religions, and traditions — even gods. It’s impossible to absorb it all in just one visit. One must take a pilgrimage or a life-changing experience to begin to understand what India personally means.
1. Traveling is always one trip forward and two setbacks.
2. Behind every good gadget is a processor.
3. When mining for knowledge, it’s important to filter the gems from the slag.
5. Think twice about bullying someone. They may be your future boss.
6. My weight has held me captive for so long that I feel like going on a hunger strike.
7. Is it better to be sharp, well-rounded, or a square?
8. Transfarmers: Robots that turn into domesticated animals and agricultural equipment.
10. Sometimes I crack myself up. I really have to stop egging myself on.
11. I’m a fruit, and you’re nuts. Let’s make trail mix.
In Its Own Write
12. When you’re a writer, the work never stops. You have to decide when to stop working.
13. Make every word count. Enroll them in a math course.
Holidays & Events
15. Overheard on the radio: “May Day! May Day! We’re going down…to occupy the park!”
16. This Cinco de Mayo, try not to eat at a French restaurant.
17. A haiku. Mother, mom, and friend. Today honors you all year. No one else but you.
18. Beware, beware, the Ides of May! Oh, wait. Never mind. Caesar has passed.
19. Perhaps the movie “Men In Black 3” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin should been have called “No Country for Old Men in Black.”
21. I’m trying to see what’s happening on the other side of the world, but the horizon is blocking the view.
22. It’s bad luck to throw salt into your coffee.
23. Today I made coffee with sugar instead of salt. It’s going to be a better day. I can feel it. Less bloating.
25. Get 10,000 Twitter followers in minutes! Be a celebrity. Double it! Tweet crazy stuff too. Triple it! Get in trouble for tweeting crazy stuff.
26. In our 140-character world, wouldn’t it be easier to greet people with acronyms instead of salutations? GM. HRU2day? HAGD.
27. A few years ago I received e-mails from friends. Now my inbox is filled with messages from my pals Facebook and Twitter.
28. My son is a really good back-seat driver. It’s too bad that he doesn’t know how to drive.
M.G. Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the mystery, thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures. He is author of Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, a non-fiction account of his attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. His collection of short stories called Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories available as an e-book and in print on Amazon.com. He lives in Bangkok, Thailand with his wife Jing and son Alex.
For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or his blog, World Adventurers. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook, on Google+, or @m_g_edwards on Twitter.
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