Hobby or Career?

Hobby or Career?

The dancer moves across the stage, and the bells on her anklets jingle with each step until she halts mid-stage in a bow-legged position. The pleats of her mustard silk sari fan out. A crown of jasmine flowers adorns her jet-black hair. But it’s her eyes that have...
Searching for Jamblu

Searching for Jamblu

“I didn’t use to believe in the devi-devta (goddess-god) culture either until a few years ago,” says Rahul. “I was at the Kullu Dashahara with some friends. We went along with the throngs of people, and very soon found ourselves in the palace of the Maharaja of Kullu....
Painted Faces in the Desert

Painted Faces in the Desert

Mounds of colors filled the sidewalks, particles of brilliant dyes mixed with the black auto exhaust. The vendor watched nervously as my ricksha swerved too close to the brown canvas of his cart. An accident here would not only cause a colossal color nightmare, but it...
Exploring Brahmani’s Garden

Exploring Brahmani’s Garden

“Didi (sister), if you try to shut Brahmani Mata’s mouth, she will slap you in your sleep,” informed little Shikha. Her brother went up to demonstrate. He covered the spout with his hand, and when he removed it, the water gushed out with a vengeance. “See,...
In Search of Nomads

In Search of Nomads

“I want to meet the Banjaras,” I passionately requested, inaccurately referring to Rajasthan’s nomadic people. “I’ve always been fascinated by gypsy life, and now that I’m here in Rajasthan, I want to experience a part of it.”...