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In Bhuj, cows roam the streets. The cars, trucks, and motorcycles that refuse to stop for pedestrians come to a screeching halt when a cow decides to cross the road. Sometimes, they lie down next to the median and...
Molding the Earth
In Hindu mythology, Brahma, the Creator of the Universe, made a clay model of a human into which he breathed life. This is why the Hindu potter is known as Prajapati, the creator of humanity...
Like many, I am a descendant of immigrants from many different countries. I have long harbored fantasies of exploring the family “homeland”, and was particularly drawn to Wales. It’s odd perhaps that the Welsh line always touched me a bit differently from the others because my Welsh blood may be the most diluted of all....
As I sat on the bus from Melaka Malaysia to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, I was surprised that there was not much to look at. Virtually all I have seen is palm plantation after palm plantation. Unfortunately, almost all of the rain forest has been cut down and replaced with these palm trees. Why? Palm oil is big business. Regrettably for all of us...
The Lights of Diwali
Just about everything I’ve heard about driving in India proved to be true: my taxi squeezed in between trucks, barreled around turns, and generally drove with what appeared to be a total disregard for everyone’s safety. Spaces we couldn’t squeeze into were quickly filled by...
Celebrations Kutch Style
Right after recovering from malaria, it seems that I wasn’t quite done punishing my body. On a weekend trip to Ahmadabad to attend the city’s annual kite festival I ate some unknown deep-fried meat product from a street vendor ...
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