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Make in India

Make in India

Parked across the street from the High Court is a silver Tata Nano. Believe it or not, it is a taxi!   The Tata Nano is an Indian car. Production began in 2008, and it is the world’s most affordable production car. At launch, new cars sold for INR 100,000 (which...
Building Merit

Building Merit

It’s early morning and the residents line both sides of the quiet residential street. They wait for the old monk to reach them. He walks the same road at the same time every day.   When he finally reaches them, they fill his alms bowl with food. After saying a...
Shovel Ready

Shovel Ready

The road next to Nyaungshwe’s Mingalar Market is in disrepair. The good news is that it is in the process of being repaired.   Without any steam rollers or other heavy equipment, road repair (and construction) is very labor intensive. First, women bring metal...
Red Mountain Estate Vineyards & Winery

Red Mountain Estate Vineyards & Winery

There is wine in Myanmar. Domestically produced wine. That is somewhat unexpected.   Located up a hill outside of Nyaungshwe, the Red Mountain Estate Vineyards & Winery was the second winery to open in Myanmar. Here near Inle Lake, the rich soil and cooler...
Don’t Walk This Way

Don’t Walk This Way

Sometimes there are sidewalks on the side of a road. Most of the time they do not exist.   Unfortunately, many of the sidewalks are in disrepair. Most of the time concrete slabs cover smelly drainage ditches full of stagnant water. Often the slabs are uneven and...
U Bein Bridge

U Bein Bridge

Built around 1850, U Bein Bridge is probably the world’s longest and oldest teak wood bridge. The bridge is about 1.2 kilometers long and spans Taungthaman Lake. During the dry season, the over 1,000 wooden piles supporting the bridge look like stilts. However,...