Sravanabalagola

A giant Jain Saint stands meditating on top of a holy hill, 2 hours from Mysore, concrete tendrils winding around his calves as he stands in blissful serenity gazing at the hazy plain below. We took a cab through miles of sugar cane and bananas.  Some ladies were letting the traffic thresh their harvest.   […]

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The Gandhi Museum

Mohandes K Gandhi was a river to the Indian people and led them with love and compassion to independence.  His museum in Madurai seemed worth a visit. Gandhi was a powerful force for peace and his open smiling face seemed to exude the same sense of calm and joyful serenity as the Dalai Lama or […]

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Mysore Palace

Mysore has the Palace from central casting. Overwhelmingly beautiful, a melange of styles and colours that come together incredibly well. It’s a pastel wedding cake that perfectly captures the essence of India – a hodgepodge, a mishmash, a series of stratified layers and rings more numerous than any tree or rock, an avalanche of appropriations […]

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Morality Mosaics

Yes, it’s true, we lied to you.  Here we are luxuriating in the City of Kali, having wiped the dust of SE Asia from our sandals, turning our longing gazes west along the Grand Trunk Road and then to magical Rajasthan and beyond and we gave you to believe that we had done with the […]

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Hanoi’s Hammurabi

Nguyen Duc Chung, Chair of the Hanoi People’s Committee, former Chief of Police and all round legend.  Hanoi’s Hammurabi ?  The Moses of The Mekong ?  Super-Hero ?  Maybe. Do you remember that scene in The Seven Samurai when Kanbê Shimada, (the leader of the Samurai), goes into a hostage situation and defuses it ? […]

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