Archive of ‘India’ category

Reflections

I find myself buried in thoughts of India. My mind shifts uncontrollably to the country that reached into the depths of my heart, nearly pulling it out of me, back to the millions of people, the dust, the heat, the dark red earth. The memory of the sounds and smells come back to me too. […]

A bright new church in Kerala

I was fortunate enough to be invited to an elaborate Indian-Christian wedding just a short distance from Kanyakumari, the tip of India. It was incredible. We rode with the groom in a shiny white car covered in flowers and walked the beautiful bride to the church. The whole village watched as the marching band led the […]

Monsoon

Since my last post, I decided to check out of society for a while and spend some time in an ashram, perched on the banks of a beautiful lake in the hills of Kerala, surrounded by nothing but lush forest and a small local village. The bell woke us every morning at 5:30am, when it […]

Kolkata

A visit to Kolkata is like a visit to the past and to the frightening future at the same time. It provokes thoughts of a world filled with uncontrollable garbage rotting everywhere, the rancid, almost sweet smell inescapable. The streets are crammed with yellow cabs from the 1950s, the old British Ambassadors. They say this […]

South Indian cuisine

There is so much to say about my experiences in India so far. Where to start…I know, FOOD. So having your own cook in India is pretty great. She is an older Indian woman who takes care of the guesthouse I am staying in. Nalini-ma makes the most delicious Indian food: healthy, vegetarian and home-cooked. For breakfast […]

First impressions of India

When I first arrived in Bangalore, India, it was nighttime. One thing I always love and remember for years to come is the ride from the airport to the hotel in a new country. This ride was the most remarkable. As we drove through the city in the dark, it was like an assault on […]