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Goodbye India

September 8, 2013


I write this several months after leaving India. With time I thought there would be clarity. I may be the “Happy Nomad” but I can also be a naive nomad as well. There is no clarity in my mind when it comes to India. I left India with my tail between my legs, trying to […]

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India – The Window Into Humanity’s Soul

September 3, 2013


Toward the end of my time in India I started contemplating a lot. I sat in my friend’s apartment in Delhi, the same one I was a bit afraid to leave when I first arrived in India about five months earlier. I grew accustomed to the many things I didn’t like in India – the […]

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10 Misconceptions About India

September 1, 2013


India is a very misunderstood country. Heck, I spent four months there and I left feeling more confused about the place than before I went. With outsiders’ eyes, I put together this list of common misconceptions about India. Everyone is Hindu. Nope. Far from it. According to Wikipedia, “The 2001 census reported that Hinduism, with […]

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Trying Not To Die Before Leaving India

August 27, 2013


I woke up on a Monday morning. Something was wrong. I felt weird. Something didn’t feel right. I dizzily stumbled to the bathroom and had some diarrhea. After being in India this long, a one-off session of diarrhea was nothing abnormal. I then stumbled back to the mattress on the floor that I called home […]

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Celebrating Holi, The Festival Of Colors, In Delhi, India

August 25, 2013

Holi thumb

Holi is a Hindu festival celebrated primarily in Northern India and Nepal. It’s called the festival of colors and by no means does it disappoint. Holi is celebrated as one of the many good triumphing over evil stories in Hinduism. In this case, a devotee of Lord Vishu triumphing over Holika (where the term Holi […]

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Jaisalmer – Rajasthan’s Golden City

August 20, 2013

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer, named after its founder Jaisal in 1156AD, lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. Compared to other Rajasthani cities like Jodhpur and Jaipur, Jaisalmer is downright tiny. It consists mainly of a fort that locals still live in, and the surrounding town. Jaisalmer also has a rather large wind farm north of the […]

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Jodhpur – The Blue City Of Rajasthan

August 18, 2013


Jodhpur was a city I missed my first time in Rajasthan. Why did I miss it? Well, I was horribly sick and had to rest up in Jaipur. This extra time to rest meant I missed Jodhpur and went straight to Udaipur. Luckily, I was able to visit on my way back up north. The town […]

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Seeing Tigers In The Wild At Ranthambore National Park

August 13, 2013

tiger thumb

Tigers are cool. Whether it was Tony The Tiger on my morning cereal box as a kid, Richard Parker in Life of Pi, or Tigger in Winnie The Pooh, I have always been interested in tigers. Sadly, these beautiful beasts have dwindled down to less than 4000 in number across the world (well, in Asia […]

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Speaking At IIT Gandhinagar – Ahmedabad, India

August 6, 2013

A Picture With The Students

I was supposed to stay with my friend in Ahemedabad but two days before getting there he told me he couldn’t host me. Family was coming in from out of town and there was no space. Though not ideal, I took a couple hours and searched for a couch in couchsurfing. In the end, a […]

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Goa – Portugal’s Piece Of India

August 4, 2013

A Street In Panjim

Goa. It’s a small state in India often referred to as an entity entirely. I had never heard of Panjim, the capital of Goa. I didn’t even know Goa was a state until the day before I went there, thinking that it was just a city in the state of Maharashtra. But yes, this is […]

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Crashing A Several Thousand Year Old Cult’s Festival In Kannur, India

July 30, 2013

Ready To Roll

My friend asked if I wanted to see a “Theyyam.” Whatever the case may be, living a life maximizing experiences, I always say yes. My goodness. I had no idea what I was in store for. We arrived to see a couple hundred people gathered around a temple. Drummers were playing rhythmic beats and everyone […]

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Laughing In The Face Of Violence In Kochi, India

July 23, 2013

no more violence

In Kochi, Kerala I was walking down the street one evening to get some dinner. The street was narrow, but there was a functioning sidewalk – a bit of a rarity for India. I was walking behind two ladies. I’d guess they were in their 50’s and both were easily identifiable as Muslims from their […]

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A Day In The Kerala Backwaters

July 21, 2013

Pushing The Boat With A Bamboo Pole

Kerala is a special place in India. The people are educated. In fact, it’s the state with the highest literacy rate. Some estimate as much as 10% of the population is working abroad. The local language is Malayalam, but if the people there speak a second language it’s English, not Hindi. There also seemed to […]

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Pondicherry: The French Were In India..Even After Independence?

July 16, 2013


Pondicherry, or Puducherry as it’s known locally in Tamil, was the largest French colony in India. Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, somehow the French managed to hang on to Pondicherry until 1954, a full seven years after India got independence from the British. Today it’s more famous for being the setting for the […]

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Rasana: Engineer, Mom, Wife, Volunteer, Author, Traveler, AWESOME

July 14, 2013

Rasana And I

When I told a friend of mine from college that I was heading to India, she immediately told me I had to visit Hyderabad and meet her aunt. Her aunt is an engineer turned writer and it seemed like a great opportunity to meet someone awesome! I couldn’t have appreciated how awesome she really is […]

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Volunteering With AMURT At The Pundag, India Railway Station

July 9, 2013


As I mentioned in my previous post about the Indian ashram I stayed at, it’s very rural and remote. The local train station, for example, has no drinking water facility. In almost every other Indian train station you can find huge water fountains with four sides and capacity to serve several water drinkers at a […]

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A Week At An Indian Ashram

July 2, 2013


After finally reaching the ashram a day late due to some confusion with two cities having almost the same name near each other, I arrived at the ashram, called Ananda Marga. The first thing I noticed was the uniform the monks wear. It’s an orange robe, orange turban, and they all have long beards. As […]

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