In Memory of Grandmother (1931-2018)

When I saw my mom was calling from the United States at 6 A.M., I knew she was about to tell me my Grandmother had passed away. We had all been expecting it, but somehow it was still surprising. Grandma always seemed to just keep on living, despite everything. In India as life has continued […]


Our guide warns us that it would become very loud. It’s 10:30 P.M. and we are standing inside a small temple. Men and women are segregated, with men standing on the right and women standing on the left. Above our heads there are six large bells. Ahead, Sankata Devi is center stage on the alter. […]

Saraswati Puja

Fifty children sit in a row on a narrow, cobble stone alley, all waiting patiently. A strip of cloth has been rolled out on the road like a red carpet to be sat on. Their faces are expectant as Brahmin priests pass out plates made from leaves. There is an impressive display of many people […]

A Glimpse of India

Meir Razzon, a friend of mine from Turkey, visited me in Varanasi. During his time here, we also traveled to Bodh Gaya to see the place where the Buddha was enlightened. Among the things he brought was a camera. These are some of his photos.

The Cobra

Written 11/11/17 Body is twisted like a serpent into an S shape. Knees touching the ground on the right, arms stretched out on either side, head turned to the left, eyes looking at a shoulder that refuses to make contact with the ground. A voice instructs to ‘exhale’ and relax the shoulders but keep the […]