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Carpenters in India

Carpenters in India    The industrial revolution accomplished advantages for carpenters in most areas of the world. But there are some places where the work is done in amazing simple ways. Look at the carpenters on this project milling logs into boards for a roof framing project. First a load of ... read more

Mark Anderson

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Days in Banaras

Terrible heat, Auntieji says, too much. The beads of my sweat so big they feel like fat ants slipping down my neck. My top is two shades darker with soak when I arrive at Ramuji’s house. The electricity is out, as it is every afternoon. He turns on the ... read more

Janna White

IndiaIndia

An Interviews with Udupi

Part I: Konkan Railway "You have traveled through 31 hours of a grueling train journey, and have agonized through a thousand questions you might be asked in an all important interview the next Day. When you finally think you have made it to the last leg of the damned journey ... read more

Ashish Thakur

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Authenticity and the banana pancake trail

I came back to Rishikesh to recover from Kashmir, to write, to bathe in the Ganga, to be left alone. The crowds for the Kumbh have long since departed; Rishikesh is easy now. It’s back to the way I remember it being when I first came five years ago--the ... read more

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My Third Published Book: The Global Balance of Power

Book Description The measurement of the global balance of power focuses on the paradigm shift from the United States post-September 11th, 2001 preemptive doctrine of unilateralism to one of partnerships and corporations in a modern multilateral order. Although the challenge to the unilateral doctrine brought to light new actors on ... read more

Binneh Minteh

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Taking account of Kashmir (Part II)

Late one night, in a rare moment when it was just the two of us, Sayma told me her story. I had only heard pieces of it before. She was the most modern in her family: she wore jeans, went out in public with her hair down, and talked on ... read more

Janna White

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Taking account of Kashmir (Part I)

Srinagar is the Muslim-dominated capital of Kashmir, India's northernmost state. Resting in a valley between snow-capped Himalayas whose peaks are visible even on cloudy days, local tourist paraphernalia boasts that the city is "Paradise on Earth." Kashmir has been the center of periodic fighting between Pakistan and India since ... read more

Janna White

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To the Hills: Simple Pleasures

Last week on our sojourn in Himachal, my friends and I took a ride to Rohtang Pass where, at 12,000 ft above sea level, the slopes of the mountains are coated in slabs of wet snow - the kind that's perfect for packing hard, ruthless snowballs or, if you ... read more

Valerie Hohman

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To the Hills: Escaping Delhi's Heat

The summer heat in Delhi can be difficult to tolerate.  If you're not sweating like a pig, you're hopping from one air conditioned room to another. Or you're escaping Delhi altogether, as I did last week, and heading for the highlands to the north.  Just a 16-hour ... read more

Valerie Hohman

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Drink a Coke and kill two goats… or don’t

Over the last month, I've figured out two things about Mussoorie, the hill station in northern India where I'm currently staying. One: someone’s business is everybody’s business. The pastime of gossip here is as extensive and entrenched as the 94 viruses that were expelled from my ... read more

Janna White

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Midnight Pilgrimage (Part II)

We set out from Rishikesh around 9pm carrying only shoulder bags with the essentials. Carrying no expectations. The footbridge had been reopened for two-way traffic at the late hour and we crossed easily. On the other side, a policeman directed us to a taxi stand, where the only driver remaining ... read more

Janna White

IndiaIndia

Midnight Pilgrimage (Part I)

"Don't ask any more questions. Just decide that you're going to go, and go," our friend Yogi told us. We were trying to get to the same place as 15 million other people. We'd be able to get exactly as far as we truly, truly wanted to ... read more

Janna White

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Tamil Nadu, Southern India

Culture: Southern India is like a time warp back to a Biblical setting. Nothing has helped me understand the Biblical setting more than my trip there, even a trip to Israel! I doubt there are any atheists there. The whole country is religious, radically religious! When we read Bible about ... read more

Mark Anderson

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For Emergency Dial Auspicious 1-0-8, not 9-1-1

 Get your cell phones out and put 1-0-8 on Speed Dial in case you find yourself in India with an emergency. Although certain Indian states tried using 911 as the code to dial (based on  Western movies and TV shows), some locales faced excessive prank calls and the number 911 ... read more

Rohan Radhakrishna

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The Sandal Scandal - 100 Million limbs are at risk of amputation!

 "100 million limbs are at risk of amputation!"  Diabetes in India: A Sandal Scandal "India will have 50 million diabetics by 2010. Close to 20% of all diabetics have some form of amputation and surveys indicate that 60% of these amputations are because of wrong or no footwear" said Mr ... read more

Rohan Radhakrishna

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Shit Luck and Slum Health--What would you do if you dropped your phone in human sewage?

DISCLAIMER: FECULENT TEXT AND PHOTOS BELOW VIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK   What would you do if you dropped your cell phone in raw human sewage in the middle of a slum?   This was my recent dilemma in Bhopal. I was rushing to the airport, navigating my way on foot through ... read more

Rohan Radhakrishna

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Is it God, or is it a rock?

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Janna White

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A conversation about mangoes (or, letting go of my linguistic process)

After four years away, I am back in India, exploring spaces known and new. Some of this process of reentry has been eased by a certain muscle memory—the moments when, without thought, my unsoiled left hand has reached for a second serving of daal, or when my knees have ... read more

Janna White

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Revenge on Holi

  "Hee, hee, hee....I'll show them," I chuckle to myself as I sit on my porch this morning, pumping balloons full of water. Tis the day before Holi, the spring festival of colors in India, and I have become a target for every zealous Indian child with access to ... read more

Valerie Hohman

IndiaIndia

waking up on top of Kerala, India

One Sunday in January I woke up at five in the morning and walked in silence for an hour or so across the forest in Neyyar Dam, a natural reserve in Kerala, the southernmost province in India. Along the way we heard the lions and elephants roar in the distance ... read more

Cristina Zabalaga

IndiaIndia

Back To Civilization

Posted on February 18th, 2010 by Cole   As exciting as it is to travel the world, there is no place like Western Civilization. China and India house so many beautiful and cultural experiences that one can never see or breathe without venturing out there. However, these countries also are home ... read more

Cole Patterson

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Holy Gulmarg

Posted on February 18th, 2010 by Cole   To say my arrival in India was a “Cultural Experience” is like saying the earthquake in Haiti was “Pretty Rough.” I mean we get it, but not until you gaze upon the destruction can you truly grasp Haiti’s devastation. That is not ... read more

Cole Patterson

IndiaIndia

The Storm of the Century

We left Gulmarg and the storm of the century yesterday. If you have seen the movie, Point Break, then you know what I mean. In that movie Brodie spent his time robbing banks, searching for waves, and ultimately losing everything in search of that 100 year storm. It was the ... read more

Brian Lipski

IndiaIndia

Gulmarg

The Himalayan mountains are massive. From the top of the Gondola here at Gulmarg there are mountains as far as the eye can see. It is nothing like any of the mountain ranges I have every been. You literally cannot see where the Mountains start or end. Snow-capped peaks, rock ... read more

Brian Lipski

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Movie Time

As Americans we all take TV and movies for granted. We actually take pride in the fact that we can watch almost anything we want, whenever we want. The biggest and best blockbuster movies are expected each and every year; and even when we don’t see them on the ... read more

Brian Lipski

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Ride Our World

“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week” Raise your hand if you have ever written a “to-do list” prior to going to bed? I know my hand is up, and I am willing to bet that 9 out of 10 people will also have theirs raised. You see ... read more

Brian Lipski

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On the Road with the Monks

"Why don't you come with us to Bodh Gaya?" Lama Pema asked, "That is, if you don't have to get back to Delhi for work." When your spiritual teacher asks you to accompany him on a pilgrimage to some of the holiest sites in India, your only response ... read more

Valerie Hohman

IndiaIndia

Lumbini - Taking Refuge in an Ancient Prayer

One of the first steps in becoming a student of Tibetan Buddhism is taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha - that is committing yourself to follow the great teacher, his holy teachings, and to join the community of enlightened masters and aspiring students. Often, the refuge prayer ... read more

Valerie Hohman

IndiaIndia

Prayers for a Long Life

Lumbini, the reputed birth place of Lord Buddha, is usually a sleepy town on the dusty plain of southern Nepal just north of the Indian border.  But the week I visited Lumbini was overflowing with the burgundy and saffron robes of Tibetan monks.  They filled the guest houses and spilled ... read more

Valerie Hohman

IndiaIndia

A Stairway to Heaven (or at least a sacred temple)

Nestled on a hilltop in southern Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is a sacred pilgrimage site.  Every year, thousands of devout Hindus come to pay homage to the patron god - known as Balaji, among other names - by climbing the 3,800-step stairway that leads to the temple at the top of the ... read more

Valerie Hohman

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Dodging Tigers and Maoists

"There's tigers in them there woods," I joked, but our driver was not amused.  "I want to see a tiger."  He was still not smiling. When you rent a car in India, you generally hire a driver as well.  Rajiv, the driver for our trip around Andhra Pradesh, was ... read more

Valerie Hohman

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Real Biryani

"Is this it?" I asked in surprise when our order arrived.  I was expecting a plate of bright orange or yellow rice glowing with intensity.  But in front of me was what looked like nothing more than a bowl full of plain white basmati - the staple rice of India. This ... read more

Valerie Hohman

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Climbing again in India!

Before I even got to Bombay I started researching the climbing community. I found a climbing wall that is set just off of a school grounds in an area called Goregaon. The community at the wall is very active and dedicated, immediately accepting me and inviting me to join them ... read more

Scott Clark

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A Different School

It finally happened. After the shoot getting postponed day after day, we set the schedule for Monday morning. I meet Vinay, my assistant, at the train station, then meet Eva on a bridge by Dharavi, the largest slum in Mumbai and India, and one of the largest in Asia. Spread ... read more

Scott Clark

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On the Road - Keep on Trucking

  I love being on the road in South Asia.  There are a million sacred sites to visit and ancient ruins to explore - not to mention hundreds of thundering Tata trucks to avoid crashing into (see above).  And it's always the most fun to be on the road when you ... read more

Valerie Hohman

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Sometimes Things Are Easier in India

Living overseas you have a LOT of frustrations, especially living in "third world" countries. Everything is a hassle. Finding an apartment with a landlord that will allow a foreigner to stay; getting cell phone that works (in two different locations the cell phone company cancelled my service multiple times - twice ... read more

Scott Clark

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A Beautiful Place, A Wonderful Thing

Yesterday I had the pleasure of going out of the big city to a small village area about two and half hours north by train. After a long bumpy bus ride I arrived at the school. The director of the school is an incredible woman named Patricia that took over ... read more

Scott Clark

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Festival of Lights

  I've finally fixed my camera and recovered my pictures from Diwali a few weeks ago.  Diwali is a major Indian holiday concluding the festive season and commemorating the triumphant return of lord Rama, when his subjects welcomed him with oil lamps lighting his way home.  It is a time ... read more

Valerie Hohman

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The dry season - you can feel it in the air

This time of year is past the end of the Monsoon rains in India and we are headed toward winter.  The air has cooled off, but it is also swirling with dust and smoke and pollution.  For those unaccustomed to breathing the heady mix, it can be difficult to get ... read more

Valerie Hohman

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Housing Crunch

  Everyone told me when I was preparing to come to Delhi that I should find permanent housing when I arrive.  This is good advice because it allows you to see exactly what you're getting into before you sign a lease. However, it can be a harrowing experience trying to ... read more

Valerie Hohman

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Durga and Rama: Mix-'n-Match Holidays

"Durga kaha hai?"  I ask the man beside me in childish Hindi - "Where's Durga?"  I am at a festival for Dussehra, and I am looking for Durga - a wrathful deity that the Hindu temple next to my bedroom has been loudly worshiping each morning and afternoon over the past ... read more

Valerie Hohman

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Urban Spaces: Green Delhi

I'm feeling a little guilty right now, guilty because I'm really enjoying the beautiful landscaping and serene greenery in Deer Park, one of many public green spaces in South-Central Delhi.  Over the past 10 to 15 years, Delhi's urban development authorities have made it a priority to ... read more

Valerie Hohman

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Urban Spaces: a Solitary Walkway in Delhi

"How civilized," I thought when I first saw the pedestrian bridge that spans Mathura Road, the main thoroughfare that separates my office in Jangpura from Bhogal Market - my source of fruits and veggies, cash machines, and other necessities. It reminds me of home - there is a pedestrian walk (painted the ... read more

Valerie Hohman

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First Day Delhi Blues

The transition to India has been more difficult than I expected.  Delhi is an overwhelming city, at least to someone used to the breezy, easy-to-navigate streets of Minneapolis. Some of the things that make the transition difficult: The heat - These days the heat makes me perpetually sticky and tired and ... read more

Valerie Hohman

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Bring Your Own Glue Stick: Preparing for the Foreigners Regional Registration Office

Bhogal Market, New Delhi I am shopping for a glue stick in Delhi's Bhogal Market and waiting as a clerk copies my stack of official documents.  Buying the glue stick was the sage advice of another Fulbrighter I ran into at dinner this week.  I am preparing to take ... read more

Valerie Hohman

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Plotting a Global Life - a Circuitous Route

When you go abroad for the first time, you're bound to be bitten by the travel bug - the love of being on the move, of new experiences, of meeting people and being challenged by life in new and unexpected ways. But beyond mere wanderlust, you may also find that ... read more

Valerie Hohman

IndiaIndia

Puja to the Ganges: a Dedication

On my last rambling excursion across northern India, I ended my travels in Rishikesh, a holy site among Hindus and a rustic destination for yoga retreats among Western tourists situated on the northern stretch of the Ganges where the water is cold and a beautiful blue-green. Along the sandy beach ... read more

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Photo Picks: Playing Around in Kenya, Floating Meditation in India, Street Food in China

  FIRST PICK: PLAYING AROUND Photographer: Chris Minihane What it's about: Daniel, pictured here, is a Kenyan Maasai who lives near the Tanzanian border. According to Chris, "he's probably one of the nicest guys in Kenya." Daniel loves being photographed and was happy to let Chris snap some shots ... read more

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Experience Mormonism (or Hinduism or Islam or Buddhism) For Yourself...

Are Americans losing their religion? That's the question that ABC News posed when it reported that "young Americans are dramatically less likely to go to church—or to participate in any form of organized religion—than their parents and grandparents" (May 6, 2009).  While the percentage of young Americans ... read more

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Home is Where the Heart Is

In some ways, Bhutti’s village of Salapi is the community I’ve been dreaming of since childhood. I’ve always been a little bit old fashioned, enthralled with medieval tales of wise women and midwives. Though far from the craggy cliffs of Scotland and the green hills of ancient ... read more

Emily Strasser

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Brothers and Cousin-brothers...

I am on top of the world! Literally, the Tibetan plateau is the highest land formation in the world. Ladakh, though politically part of India, is geographically part of the Tibetan plateau, as is Spiti. It is unbelievably gorgeous here—just mountains and sky, dry dry earth, mud houses with ... read more

Emily Strasser

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This 2007 College Graduate Was Headed For Hollywood But Ended Up In India

When aspiring actress Caitie Whelan interned with Folk Arts Rajasthan (FAR), a U.S.-based nonprofit, she was moved by the plight of India's Merasi (musician) community. The Merasi descend from a musical tradition that spans 37 generations, but despite their rich contributions to India's cultural heritage, they ... read more

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Meeting the Dalai Lama

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Emily Strasser

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Drinking Tea in Spiti

When I woke up that first morning in Kaza, I couldn’t believe the striking, otherworldly landscape I found myself in. Stark mountains rose all around us, topped with snow. I thought Kaza was beautiful before we reached the small town of Kibber, and I thought Kibber was beautiful before ... read more

Emily Strasser

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A Journey to Spiti

  What can I say about Spiti? It is too big, too beautiful, too out of another world to sum up. Pictures just do not capture the depth of the gorges, the height of the mountains, or the way the light plays on the fields at dusk. Just getting there deserves ... read more

Emily Strasser

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India is a big country, and also the roads are awful

Here’s a funny thing about India. It took me two eight-hour flights with a layover in Paris to get here from Atlanta. And now I am about to embark on a three-day journey by bus to the remote Himalayan region of Spiti. I have to walk the last two ... read more

Emily Strasser

IndiaIndia

Chasing Sacredness

“Do you see those up there prayer flags?” “Yeah” “Let’s go there.” We were standing on a ridge that dropped to valleys steeply on either side. We could see McLeod Ganj and the Dalai Lama’s Temple in the distance. Around the valleys rose mountains covered in low bushes ... read more

Emily Strasser

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You're Invited to the Circus

On a dusty bit of bare land beside a hippie restaurant, an Indian family has set up a little circus for the past week or so. A beautiful little girl in pigtails walks tightrope, balancing a tall metal vase on her head, or wheels herself across on a bicycle wheel ... read more

Emily Strasser

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Scene on an Indian Train

  We’re sitting on the blue vinyl lower berth that doubles as a bench during waking hours. A woman dressed in a sari lies on the lower berth as her grandson massages her feet. His grandfather join them and asks us in belabored English where Bin Laden is. If only ... read more

Emily Strasser

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Taking Refuge, Or Not

Normal 0 “Okay, so who wants to take refuge vows with His Holiness the Karmapa on Saturday?” asked Tawni, one of our program directors, as we filed out of language class. Refuge vows? I wondered.   The Karmapa is the head of the Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism, and an up ... read more

Emily Strasser

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Don't Smile At Monkeys

 We were sitting in philosophy class in the dining room of the guesthouse at Sherabling monastery, when one of the staff knocked gently and poked his head in. “Excuse me. Whoever is in room 305 should close their window. There is a monkey coming in.” We all sat there for ... read more

Emily Strasser

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When the Spirit Enters

Normal 0 After living at Sarah for 6 weeks, I began to think of it as just a normal college, though quieter than any American universities I’ve been too, and with a prevailing fashion of wearing red robes and having shaved heads. Yet then something like the recognition ceremony ... read more

Emily Strasser

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Sick in Varanasi

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Emily Strasser

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Kashmir-an intro

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Reetu Asrani

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Sex jokes...

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Emily Strasser

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Room-Stay

Normal 0 My new Tibetan ama-la (mother) points down the hill, “down there is my room.” . “You expect big house?” She laughs, “I have room, you know.” As we walked down, I became increasingly panicked. We turned off the main road right in front of the Dalai Lama temple. After ... read more

Emily Strasser

IndiaIndia

Writing Kolkata

I’ve been experimenting with different ways of writing the City, especially given that I’ve decided I’m not comfortable with the expository-nonfiction-cultural-ambassador type travel writing I’ve been doing in the past. All that has been inhaled was but recently exhaled Elsewhere.  The streets absorb bodies, som erefugees ... read more

Jed Bickman

IndiaIndia

March 10

“Pue gne yin! Pue gne yin!” I found myself shouting along with the crowd. “I come from Tibet! I come from Tibet!” “Solidarity, right?” I said to Becky, my American friend. We continued to shout. “China China China!” Someone shouted “Out out out!” We replied. “Stop repression!” “In Tibet!” “Long ... read more

Emily Strasser

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A Tea Break

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Emily Strasser

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No Losar

Perhaps some of you have read in the news lately that Tibetans all over the world chose to boycott Losar (Tibetan New Years) this year, in solidarity with the many who were killed and arrested after the protests last March. Last March, as the Beijing Olympics loomed, Tibetans in the ... read more

Emily Strasser

IndiaIndia

Taking Care of Business

So…let me tell you about taking a shower here. It is quite an undertaking, and so you have to get all the pieces right. Most people shower once or twice a week, which is fine because it’s not very hot outside. First, you have to get the timing ... read more

Emily Strasser

IndiaIndia

Who do you cry for?

We were sitting on the roof of the girl’s dorm at SUJA, a Tibetan school for new arrivals ages 13-18. Below us stretched green terraced rice fields, and to our backs rose the mountains. “So, do you like it here?” I asked. “Yes,” she answered. “Here, the teachers are ... read more

Emily Strasser

IndiaIndia

Intro

Greetings, after so long. I started this blog as a repository for thoughts, observations, links, and references that I might generate in the coming months or years. If you intend on reading this more than once, you should know that I am leaving for India in mid-March and I won ... read more

Diana Hochner

IndiaIndia

Hello!

Have you ever actually tried to write a course? Including lesson plans? Yeah, I'm sure you have, but, damn, it's hard. Clearly, I had in mind short undergraduate students when I imagined the level of discourse in my classroom, but my friend Max, who is, gasp!, trained in ... read more

Diana Hochner

IndiaIndia

Life Happens in Study Breaks

2/17/09 Life Happens in Study Breaks We could hear the noises from the party from the field overlooking the river. Below us stretched green green terraced fields, and to our left in the distance we could see the sharp Himalayan peaks etched against the sky. A beautiful tree ... read more

Emily Strasser

IndiaIndia

March 18, 2008 (At sea)

0201 hours I just got off the phone with my mom for the first time in awhile, and you know, sometimes it just hits me hard just how far from home I really am. It’s 2am here. It’s 2pm there. I’m halfway between India and Malaysia, we ... read more

Danielle Taylor

IndiaIndia

March 16, 2008 (At sea)

1522 hours After hanging out with the fishermen, we drove off to “Jew Town” (yes, that’s actually the name of the place) in Kochi, where we couldn’t go in the synagogue because it was a Friday, so we just shopped the stores and checked out the streets. Dad ... read more

Danielle Taylor

IndiaIndia

March 15, 2008 (At sea)

0928 hours We’re home, we’re home, we’re home... finally back to the MV Explorer. Last night on the sleeper train was great. I will never forget the warmth and hospitality of the Indian people. Where’d I fall asleep? Oh right, the houseboat on the river. I ... read more

Danielle Taylor

IndiaIndia

March 14, 2008 (India)

2142 hours Honestly, I don’t mean to always write at exactly this time, but it sure seems like a habit. Today was so cool, and continues to be, but I haven’t finished the story of yesterday yet. We drove for hours yesterday, and everywhere we went, people outside ... read more

Danielle Taylor

IndiaIndia

March 13, 2008 (India)

2143 hours I just took a bath for the fist time in three weeks, and ahhhhh... Today was mostly full of nice surprises. Half the SAS-sponsored trips I’m on I signed up for three months ago, and for whatever reason, I didn’t look up the trip description before ... read more

Danielle Taylor

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March 12, 2008 (India)

2307 hours I am so exhausted... my roommate and I talked for like an hour about bluegrass festivals and indie movies and dance, and normally these are topics I get pretty excited about, but I’m too tired to make my mouth work right now... ten rupees says this notebook ... read more

Danielle Taylor

IndiaIndia

March 11, 2008 (India)

2215 hours This is great. I’m writing from an Indian sleeper train, and I’ve only been on for 45 minutes but I’m already convinced it’s the only way to travel in India. We’re in for an eight-hour ride and I am psyched. I’ve got ... read more

Danielle Taylor

IndiaIndia

Just Swallow the Water!

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Emily Strasser

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Kundun

Last night, our American group watched the movie Kundun, about the life of the Dalai Lama, with some of the Tibetan roommates. It was a beautiful movie, but what was most striking was the Tibetans’ reactions to it. While we all laughed at the antics of the young Dalai Lama ... read more

Emily Strasser

IndiaIndia

Welcome to Dharamsala!

Tashi Delek! That’s “hello” in Tibetan. As I write this, cows graze in the yard outside my window beneath the sharp peaks of the Himalayas. I am in Dharamsala, India, which lies in the foothills of the Himalaya’s, just before the Tibetan plateau. I will be here for ... read more

Emily Strasser

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