Category Archives: Rajasthan

Ancient Stepwell of Abhaneri

India's cows

The casual tourist wouldn’t realize the significance of the ancient stepwell of Abhaneri, perhaps, but our tour guide Aparna was a Ph.D. student dedicated to helping foreign guests understand her country. This dusty little place in northern Rajasthan happens to be home of one of the largest stepwells in all the world with thirteen levels, […]

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Rajasthan Countryside

As I drove through the Rajasthan countryside, I wished I knew more about the context of what I was seeing. It’s easy enough to guess about a person that happens to cross your path for a brief moment, but I wish I knew how the person thinks, what values s/he holds dear–that sort of thing. […]

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Rajasthan Textiles

Is it even possible to go to a Rajasthan textiles and handicrafts store and not see something so beautiful you can’t leave it behind? Besides, I’m a sucker for information. Give me enough information and I’m liable to buy just about anything. They started us off with how they create wood block prints, here a […]

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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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