if the natural disasters that struck myanmar and china in the last few days weren't bad enough, yesterday in jaipuir, india, terrorists denoted multiple bombs in the city. it was an act so cowardly, that no group has yet come forward to claim responsibility. current reports are that 80 people have died and more than 200 injured as a result of the explosions.
normally i don't post on current events. there's plenty to say about running and the other events in my life, and the lives of my family and friends. but this tragedy has a personal connection. only 3 months ago i walked those very streets of jaipur while there on a business trip. jaipur ("the pink city") is one of 3 cities that make up the indian "golden triangle" - agra (home of the "taj mahal") and delhi are the other two. each is a tourist mecca, but thankfully, it's not the high season, so there weren't as many visitors to city as there could have been.
and, in an incredibly strange coincidence, when i heard the news of the bombings yesterday, i was just about to finish "a blue hand: the beats in india," by deborah baker. i started that book after i finished "the greatest game," last month. today i had planned to write up a brief review of "the blue hand," before moving on to my next book!