Well, I just heard on the radio that he’s now been made the Big Cheese of the LA Times! Sheesh. (See L.A. Times Editor Russ Stanton Resigns, to Be Replaced by Davan Maharaj, Reuters)
The charming dude is from the southern Carribean. He and his wife—and his sister, who stayed with them at the time—introduced my wife and me to Trinidadian cooking, which is deeply influenced by Indian cuisine. Kathie and I still occasionally make kuchela, using his (or his sister’s) recipe. (See.) That's good stuff, man.
Davan's wife, Abby, was a lovely, sweet girl from Kentucky. (Gosh, I hope they're still married. I last spoke to her maybe five years ago.) She had a marvelous voice. She'd sing with a crazy band comprising an odd assortment of LA Times characters. As I recall, they played at the Coach House. They sounded pretty dang good.
And Davan was a great guy who had many strong enthusiasms—especially for music. (A big Ben Harper fan.) Likely, he's still that way.
One of the kittens, Mojo, died a few years ago—something I documented here at the time. The other kitten, Violet, is still alive and well, living with my friend Laurie in Laguna Niguel.
SEE ALSO • Hangin’ with Mojo, Democrat 9/22/07,
• Sunny and Mojo 9/22/07
• Davan Maharaj, Former Times OC Reporter, is New Editor of the Los Angeles Times (OC Weekly)
|My old house at left; Davan's at right (Photo c. 2009)|