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Thailand Plays Holi with Talcum Powder

Thailand Plays Holi with Talcum Powder

Every year in April Thailand erupts into a street party that lasts nearly a week. Songkran is officially observed between 13th and 15th of April as a three day national holiday. It is marked with smearing of colorful or white talcum powder on everyone you meet, and...
Madhubani Magic

Madhubani Magic

It was an exuberant Kannada Koota gathering. The auditorium was packed with members of the S.F Bay Area chapter of the Kannada association. My aunt and I were part of the audience, cheering along as various singers and dancers entertained us. A drama/skit was...
Intrigues in a Waning Travancore

Intrigues in a Waning Travancore

How does one capture 400 years of history in 500 printed pages?  Perhaps by focusing on the lifetime of one person, and providing context and texture to the story by giving historical perspective to the events of this life.  In The Ivory Throne, Manu Pillai takes a...
In Royal Style on the Palace on Wheels

In Royal Style on the Palace on Wheels

Having had a modest wedding ceremony 25 years ago, my husband and I found a perfect romantic getaway for our anniversary, a compromise between his desire for luxury and my own ascetic leanings. We took a celebratory trip on the Palace on Wheels, the imperial train...