Category Archives: Asia

A day of India, unleashed

This was a day of immense and unrelenting surprises. The drive from Udaipur to Ranakpur and on to Jodhpur was a constant string of stunning roadside vistas, of chance meetings with strangers wanting to share a moment and have a photo taken with us. Of animals along the way, and of children yearning for human contact with two people who […]

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Along the road to Jaipur

Anurag deftly spun the wheel of the coupe, narrowly missing a cow that was sauntering across the median strip. He cut an abrupt right to miss a pushcart on the left side of the road, swaggering back into the right-hand lane as he picked up speed. Such was tone of our six-hour trip from Agra to Jaipur, a well-paved stretch […]

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Leaving Varanasi – crowds, snores and sleep in a torpedo tube

Braving the crowds at Varanasi’s train station makes the annual bridal event at Filene’s Basement seem like teatime at the Ritz. Like 5,000 teenage girls scampering for Justin Bieber tickets, the Varanasi train station is a troubling specter of confusion, competition and madness. Cars, tuktuks, cows and thousands of people awaited us as we climbed from our tuktuk in a […]

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Through the eyes of Pramod

I will never understand Varanasi, this ancient city of spirituality, holiness and all things that are human. But I feel as though I’ve been given a glimpse of what this city is all about, through the eyes of a small, gregarious and incredibly grounded man named Pramod. The friend of a friend, Pramod opened his heart, city and home to […]

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