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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...
Carpe Diem..Carpe Cricket

Carpe Diem..Carpe Cricket

  The Roman poet Horace wrote the following:  “carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.”  Although my Latin is weak, here’s a Wiki translation:  “seize the present; trust tomorrow e’en as little as you may.”   All humans seek a balance when they contemplate...
The Lady from Sri Lanka

The Lady from Sri Lanka

Nearly 2000 miles north of Sri Lanka the first stone structure being built in India featured a lady from Lanka, a Yakshi swung from the gate. The Stupa at Sanchi was commissioned by the emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE . © 2013 The Art Institute of Chicago The...
48 Hours in Varanasi

48 Hours in Varanasi

The word ‘Varanasi’ is derived by joining together the names of two rivers, Varuna and Assi. It is also known as Banaras, the city where the juice of happiness (rasa) is forever ready (bana) in life. The city has a total of 87 ghats. While one could spend a lifetime...
Navigating an Indian Marriage: A tour-de-force of a book

Navigating an Indian Marriage: A tour-de-force of a book

Reading Elizabeth Flock’s nonfiction book, “The Heart is a Shifting Sea,” is a revelation in myriad ways. The book is a look into the institution of marriage in modern-day India and is an intimate look at the lives of three couples who live in...
Mistry Mystery: Solved in New Series

Mistry Mystery: Solved in New Series

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey. Soho Crime/Soho Press, Inc.: New York. 400 pages. Hardcover. Also available as a digital book. Sujata Massey, the award-winning author of the Rei Shimura mystery series, The Sleeping Dictionary (IC, Sept. 2014), and India...