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Life on the River

After a bumpy bus ride and a ferry across the river, an hour’s walk awaits before we reach the beach, our destination.  Though we land in a tiny fishing village on a sleepy river, the town hums with life and … Continue reading

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At the End of the Line: Kutch

Places that are at the end of train lines or are remote and difficult to get to are some of my most favorite destinations in the world and Kutch in the state of Gujarat is no exception. Over the years … Continue reading

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The Essence of North India Tour

This October 10 – 31, 2017, I will be leading a special trip to north India that will cover some of the most important places and sites in north India and some places that few visitors ever have a chance … Continue reading

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The Mighty Coconut

The ubiquitous coconut holds an important place in the hearts, minds and daily life of all  Indians, eclipsed only by the king of fruits, the mango. It is an essential ingredient in South Indian cuisine, featured prominently in the curries … Continue reading

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A Lasting Memory

It was a beautiful, clear morning in South India. I boarded a local bus to the next town where I could easily tick off my long shopping list. I was grateful to get a seat as this route gets packed, … Continue reading

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Hindus at Prayer

Other people’s faith and devotion has a positive effect on my vague and wavering skepticism. I enjoy being around it; as if through osmosis I may absorb some of the joy that the devout manifest. This may play a major … Continue reading

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Turban Appeal

There is something uniquely alluring about a man in a turban. It may have something to do with how for a westerner, they border on the exotic. For me though, it is how a turban has the power to transform … Continue reading

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