India Made Easy
Mecca Masjid - Hyderabad

India Made Easy

In the lead story of today's New York Times travel section, Jonathan Allen outlines some trip itineraries for the new travel hotspot: India. (Actually, the article has a published date…

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Free Screensaver
sunrise on Lake Venbanad

Free Screensaver

If you're browsing through the site, it will not surprise you that I have a lot of pictures of India. In an effort to share them I've just created a…

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A New Year and a Good Outlook
Santa goes up in flames on the beach, Ft. Kochi (New Year's Eve)

A New Year and a Good Outlook

Last year around this time I was on the beach in Kerala watching the locals burn a huge Santa Claus effigy.  There don't seem to be any effigies in my…

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India Rising
pigeons at Jama Masjid - Delhi

India Rising

In the world of Indian English -- or Hinglish -- there's a cute word to denote one who excels: a "topper."  That is to say, "one who is at the…

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Flashpacking
girl at Taj Mahal

Flashpacking

PassingThroughIndia.com in the news: Flashpackers: High-tech backpackers "Flashpacking is just backpacking, with an awful lot of tech gear going along for the ride," said Lee Gimpel, 29, a writer from…

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Almost Famous
pilgrims on the way to Sabarimala Temple -- this could be a Peace Corps picture ...

Almost Famous

Ever wondered what it's like to spend a day as Madonna or Bono?  India lets you sample the forbidden fruits of super-stardom, albeit at a smaller level, but also without…

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Too close
getting a shave and haircut -- and massage

Too close

I know I need a haircut.  But it hasn't been that long.  The last place I got my haircut was in Varanasi ... which was the site of bomb blasts…

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The Cost of Experience
Fishing boats and nets, Ft. Kochi

The Cost of Experience

Well, all good things must come to an end.  And I'm nearing mine at least vis-a-vis my time in India.  Not to worry though; India will keep its American presence…

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Show and Tell
Himalayas through prayer flags

Show and Tell

I'm starting to understand how Dickens must have felt when the pressure was on to write serialized works.  It's hard to keep up sometimes -- granted ol' Chuck wasn't traveling…

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Tata Land

I used to think that the top job at GE would be the most challenging one in the world.  You'd have to have at least some sort of grasp on…

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