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. […]
I am officially 7 months through my one year in India. Here are some of the experiences I have had: Noise I wake up to a cacophony of weeny scooty horns beeping either in two quick bursts or a long drawn out blaring. The former meaning a wide range of things while the latter means, […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Written 11/10/17 A huge male monkey stands in the open doorway of my room in Rishikesh, India. As I emerge from the bathroom we lock eyes and I freeze. Adrenaline… Surely he won’t come inside… I’m nervous and I take one step in retreat, demonstrating my weakness. He advances into the room, one hand on […]