This is one of those times, and he and I scramble to get our emailing done.
One result of all this is that I have a growing list of things I've want to post here, and maybe I will work my way through them when I get back net access, sometime in the 2040s.
Until then, it will be short quick posts, put up before the signal fades yet again.
It has just been brought to my notice that a substantial number of world-famous people -- singers, athletes, politicians, etc -- have roots in India. For example, no doubt you've heard that one George Orwell -- better known, of course, as Eric Arthur Blair -- was born in Bihar.
But I'm talking about something a little more. Apparently there are plenty of famous figures who were born and raised in India, but changed their names once they achieved fame in their particular fields.
Here's a sample:
Baliram Jal: singer with a string of hits from the '70s through the '90s, such as "Piano Man", "Honesty", "My Life", "Only the Good Die Young", "Just the Way You Are", "Uptown Girl" and "We Didn't Start the Fire".
Babulal Dhillon: another popular folk-rock singer whose career took off in the '60s. "Blowin' in the Wind", "The Times They are A-Changin'", "Like a Rolling Stone", and the 2006 #1 album, "Modern Times".
Mai Ke Lal Jaikishen: Major figure in music, mid-80s albums "Bad" and "Thriller" are icons of those times, giving way to 1991's "Dangerous" and much more since. Arguably the biggest solo rock star since Elvis Presley.
Jaani Phugti: Became lead singer for the celebrated late '60s band "Creedence Clearwater Revival", crooning a succession of classics such as "Proud Mary", "Down on the Corner", "Bad Moon Rising" and "Who'll Stop the Rain". Has had a notable solo career too, particularly his superb mid-80s album "Centerfield".
Mashimoni Bahl: Piano-playing blues and boogie-woogie singer, though known mostly in Texas. Had a 1989 album called "Gatorhythms", with minor hits like "Daddy Said" and "Mobile". Her real name remains unknown; she has always been known by the "Mashimoni" that her Bengali nieces used to call her.
Hari Bala Phanse: Calypso superstar. "Down the Way", "Day-O" and "Matilda" are just three of his world-famous repertoire of joyous Caribbean classics.
Maneka Shailesh: Tennis great who reached the pinnacle of her sport in the early '90s, but a mad spectator knifed her in the back at a tournament. She returned after 3 years, but was never the same.
Andhyarujina Agashe: Arguably the most charismatic tennis star of the last 20 years, Agashe won 8 Slams, including all four majors at least once. Will be remembered for the moving speech he gave when he retired at last year's US Open.
Kanika Date: Japan's #1 women's tennis player in the '90s, reached #4 in the world in 1995. Won Japan Open 4 times.
Babulal Dole: US Republican party politician, Presidential candidate in 1996.
Alvida Gore: US Democratic party politician, Vice-President to Bill Clinton, Presidential candidate in 2000.
Jharna Kumari Rawale: Author of the "Hari Putter" series of books. Her first book was in Hindi, titled "Shri Hari Putter Aur Ek Jadugar. Aur Woh Jadugar Ka Ek Patthar". When she submitted it to her publisher, she was persuaded that it could use a shorter title. The rest is history.