Category Archives: India

Saris of India

Begging woman and child

Poverty everywhere, but the saris of India are unfailingly beautiful. Interestingly, the men and children of India tend to wear western clothing, while many women wear the traditional sari. I wonder why that is. Saris are invariably constructed from brilliant hued fabrics and, in a way, they form a beautiful counterpoint to the garish logos of […]

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Arid Province of Rajasthan

Gypsy girl head shot

Our destination today would take us into the arid province of Rajasthan, but before leaving Delhi we stopped at Qutab Minar to see the beautiful victory tower and mosque. Anna, our tour director, pointed out that while some think of the monument as a victory tower built as a memorial to the Muslim victory in […]

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Gandhi Smitri

In late afternoon we visited the Gandhi Smitri, official residence for the last 144 days of Mahatma Gandhi’s life. The grounds were pleasant and the displays gave a strong sense of Gandhi’s contribution to India and the world. In a way, I’m glad I got to see it. When Is Veneration Too Much of a […]

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Religious Shrines in New Delhi

Two of India’s religious shrines in New Delhi, the Sikh Temple & Jama Masjid Mosque, require specific dress codes for visitors. At the Sikh Temple, men and women alike were required to wear a head covering the temple authorities dispensed, which was a bright yellow/gold cotton cloth folded diagonally and tied at the back of […]

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First impression of Old Delhi

Father & child

My first impression of Old Delhi was its men. Men everywhere. Historically, Delhi began as an ancient walled city founded by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Today, it exhibits only remnants of that period. But I was surprised by the high percentage of men I saw on the streets. Where were all the women? Quite […]

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Hello Delhi

We said “Hello Delhi” at the Indira Gandhi International airport late at night, tired in body but exhilarated in spirits. We stepped out of the air-conditioned airport into the nighttime humidity of September on the heels of the monsoon season, poised for our initiation into India’s “Golden Triangle” consisting of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. I didn’t […]

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