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Posted on Dec 29, 2008 in Blog, travel | 3 comments

Back from India

I’m going through the photos of the trip, mostly wedding photos and family stuff, but this was a funny moment in Ranchi. We got shaken down by an elephant on the outskirts of the city.

Through the windshield:
elephant stickup through the windshield

Looking over the roof of the SUV:
Elephant stickup

He blocked the SUV, and wouldn’t let us pass until we handed rupees to his elephant.


  1. Is there still a bookstore called Good Books in Ranchi? Just wondering… used to visit Ranchi and later Patna every summer as a kid to see grandparents. I still have relatives in both places…

    Thanks for the pictures, they took me back!

  2. Thanks for the belly-laugh!

  3. Welcome home!