So the last couple of days we have been hanging out, eating (of course) and reading. Yesterday was Bhaskar’s birthday, so we had a little party and a lot of food (of course). Bhaskar, Bishnu and I have been having many interesting conversations about Indian identity, politics, colonialism, art and queer theory.
An interesting side point about birthdays in this part of India. A day or date is not considered to start until sunrise, and continues until sunrise the next day. Therefore, anyone born here between midnight and sunrise (6:30 am or so) may be considered to be born the prior day. Some people go by western time, some by Bengali sunrise time and some switch back and forth for fun, becoming a day older or younger at a whim.
But the humidity is starting to get to me a bit. I have a terrible itching in many places (arms, lower back and legs), especially at night making sleep not very fruitful. My friends say it sounds like “prickly heat”. I think I am more genetically cut out for cooler, dryer climates and/or AC.