Grandad of Four
- About Big Texan
- Texas, USA
- About Me
- Howdy! I'm a university professor and dean of education and social sciences. My first visit to India was in 2007 in preparation for traveling to India with a group of graduate students. Since then, I have visited India more than a dozen times including all of northern India and Rajasthan, Sikkim, Karnataka, Mumbai and Tamil Nadu. I also travel in Nepal and Bhutan and have visited 40 countries - many more than once. I travel alone, with my wife and friends, with student groups, and each year host a luxury study/travel experience to India for community leaders. I am currently writing a novel set in Varanasi. I'm the faculty sponsor for our University Desi Student Organization and the University Cricket Club.
- I love to travel, read about travel, write about travel ... and entertain my four grandchildren with tales of my travels.
- University professor and dean; licensed attorney.
- Favorite Quote
- Kipling (1883): "I am in love with India...where I find the heat and smells and oils and spices, and puffs of temple incense, and sweat and darkness, and dirt and lust and cruelty, and above all, things wonderful and fascinating innumerable."
- Guilty Pleasure
- The Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur, The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi, and chicken fried steak (it's a Texas gustatory delight!).
- Favorite Movies
- My favorite documentary about India: The Story of India (BBC)-I have it memorized. For fun: Monsoon Wedding, Brick Lane, Salaam Bombay, Fire, Earth, or Water.
- Favorite Music
- Mexican Mariachi
- Favorite Books
- I highly recommend "Meeting God" by Stephen Huyler for beginning visitors to India. It is "required reading" for the students with whom I travel to India. "Light Of India" by Octavio Paz is a jewel. "Enjoying India-The Essential Handbook" by J. D. Viharini for all India newbies.
- Favorite Television Programs
- Too busy watching documentaries about India!
- "I am in love with India...where I find the heat and smells and oils and spices, and puffs of temple incense, and sweat and darkness, and dirt and lust and cruelty, and above all, things wonderful and fascinating innumerable." Kipling 1893