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To the Hills: Simple Pleasures

9 Jun 2010

Last week on our sojourn in Himachal, my friends and I took a ride to Rohtang Pass where, at 12,000 ... read more

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ETHICAL DILEMMA: Is It OK To Enjoy Modern Comforts In The Midst Of Widespread Poverty?

“Can I take your order, ma’am?” the man behind the counter asks with a smile. He is wearing a red apron that is the standard Café Coffee Day uniform ... read more

17 May 2010
 

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SLIDESHOW: Trails Of Faith

Every year in Tirupati, a hill station in southern Andhra Pradesh, thousands of pilgrims come to climb the 3,500 ... read more

07 Jun 2010
 

Insider Tips

Health

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Watch where you purchase your medications

“It’s been an exciting week,” my friend exclaimed her second week in Delhi, “Not only did I sprain my ankle, I also visited the emergency room when the skin ... read more

29 Jan 2010
Packing

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In a pinch, zap your water

One of the coolest travel gizmos on the market today is the SteriPen, a hand-held device that emits UV light to kill anything and everything that’s growing in your ... read more

29 Jan 2010
Getting Around

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Haggling for a ride

In Delhi, Rickshaw-wallas are notorious for over-charging. Technically, they’re required by law to take you where you want to go by meter but it’s a minor miracle if ... read more

29 Jan 2010
Nightlife

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A night on the town In Delhi

Over the last few years, the Delhi scene has exploded with trendy places to eat, drink, and dance the night away. Urban Pind in GK 1 and The Living Room ... read more

29 Jan 2010
Packing

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In a pinch, zap your water

One of the coolest travel gizmos on the market today is the SteriPen, a hand-held device that emits UV light to kill anything and everything that’s growing in your ... read more

29 Jan 2010
Getting Around

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Haggling for a ride

In Delhi, rickshaw-wallas are notorious for over-charging. Technically, they’re required by law to take you where you want to go by meter, but it’s a minor miracle if ... read more

29 Jan 2010
Culture Shock

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Indian Standard Time

Americans often find themselves struggling with the Indian sense of time – it often takes longer than you’d expect to accomplish simple tasks, and events often start later than scheduled ... read more

29 Jan 2010
Must Do

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Pilgrimage to the Holy Waters

When you’re in India, you can’t miss a trip to the Ganges. But you do have a choice about where to visit the sacred river - in the north ... read more

29 Jan 2010
Slang

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Kidhar parega – Indian GPS

“Bhaiya, kidhar parega.” I’ve heard rickshaw-wallas say this so often it is now second nature to me. Literally, it translates as, “Brother, where is (your destination), I have to ... read more

29 Jan 2010
Festivals & Events

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A gathering of writers, journalists, and the creatively inclined

If you’re a bookworm, or if you just enjoy passionate, intelligent company, you’ll love the literary festival held each spring in Jaipur. Started in 2005, the festival highlights ... read more

29 Jan 2010
Books

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Bollywood Becomes Her

For anyone who has succumbed to the romance of a Bollywood film or struggled to readjust to life in the States after a long stay in India, "Bollywood Becomes Her ... read more

30 Jan 2010
Politics

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Maoist revival

The growing economic disparity in India is reviving the Maoist (communist) movement in the eastern part of the country. The government is cracking down on these groups with violence, and ... read more

30 Jan 2010
Etiquette

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Finger food: North v. South

In India, people traditionally eat with their hands. I thought I had mastered the technique when I traveled to the south, where they eat rice and mix their food together ... read more

31 Jan 2010
Religion

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Temple-hopping

If you visit a temple during a puja, be sure to take a helping of prasad, often a sweet dish or fruit that has been blessed by the local priest ... read more

31 Jan 2010
Food

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After-dinner treats

With all the spicy food, Indians have a host of digestive aids and remedies to clear the palate. The simplest version is soaf - fennel seeds served after dinner, alone or ... read more

31 Jan 2010
Fashion

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Delhi and Western Fashion – the best of both worlds

While dress in Delhi, like the rest of India, is conservative by Western standards, you have much more leeway in what you can wear than you do in other parts ... read more

31 Jan 2010
Sports

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The cricket field: Trespassers will be persecuted

Cricket is the national obsession of Indian men. It is the be-all, end-all, sport-of-sports, source of rivalry and redemption. I once made the mistake of cutting across the outermost edge ... read more

01 Feb 2010
Film

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“All is Well” with three idiots

I’m not sure why the words “all is well” resonate so deeply in the Indian psyche, but after watching the scene in "Three Idiots" that sets this English phrase ... read more

01 Feb 2010
Dating

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Lost in flirtation

I recently tried explaining to a cute Indian boy on the bus to Jaipur that he had to do more than just say “hello” before I would give him my ... read more

01 Feb 2010
Being an American

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Indifference beats the alternatives

People in Delhi – from my professional colleagues to rickshaw wallas – seem genuinely disinterested in the fact that I’m American. On previous trips to India, I felt constantly torn between ... read more

01 Feb 2010
TV

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Reality TV strikes again

“I need to get home ASAP to see the first episode of American Idol,” my friend exclaimed on our way back from Avatar. Not only was I surprised that an ... read more

01 Feb 2010
Music

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Bollywood tunes: from lyrical to “sex sells”

As Indian cinema adopts the conventions of its Western counterparts, there’s a stark difference in both the melodies and lyrics of many contemporary Indian tunes compared with those from ... read more

01 Feb 2010
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