Calcutta Summer

During my recent air conditioning problems I thought often of a wonderful commentary I heard on NPR's Morning Edition Wednesday. Listen to Sandip Roy's "Summer Season Sizzles in Calcutta", and have a vacation from August in Texas.

Roy's essay took me back to hot summer days spent sprawled on the coolest patch of floor reading Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. This experience could never be confused with watching Disney's cartoon video with Phil Harris voicing Baloo the Bear. Reading Kipling is to savor the glorious use of the English language, and to imagine the exotic setting of colonial India.

It's time for a trip to the library--air conditioning for your mind!

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