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Spoilt Beauty

Spoilt Beauty

– DeleteWas it simple luck or God’s will that the terrorists struck the picturesque school in the foothills of the Himalayas just after the morning tea break? Ten minutes earlier and the three masked men who burst through the gates of the Murree Christian School...

A Child’s View

In our first month in India, every so often someone would come up to my daughter and ask “Do you like India?” “No.” “Why?” “Because the buffaloes stink.” Depending on how you look at it, for a 6-year-old, moving to another country is either a huge life event or just...
Subtle Flavors of Oriya Cuisine

Subtle Flavors of Oriya Cuisine

PURBA: FEASTS FROM THE EAST by Laxmi Parida. Oriya cuisine from Eastern India. Writer’s showcase, an imprint of iUniverse, Inc. 207 pages. $16.95. My experience with Oriya cuisine dates back to many years ago when I visited the temples of Puri in Orissa and was...

Back Home

As I wake up, the cadence of M.S. Subbulakshmi’s voice reciting the Vishnu Sahasranamam floats in from a neighbor’s home. I throw open the windows embedded with wire mesh to keep the pesky mosquitoes at bay. A light fragrance emanates from the tree blooming with...
The Cow Rules in Jaisalmer

The Cow Rules in Jaisalmer

What is the charm that India possesses that lures so many Westerners?” a friend asked world traveler Brad Newsham. “It’s the absurdity that one finds there,” he responded. “We lead such orderly lives here that the thrill of the absurd is lost. In India, you find that...
Captivating Coorg

Captivating Coorg

It was time again for the annual three-day trip sponsored by our office, and this time around, instead of opting for the usual run-of-the-mill tourist spots, our manager opted for a fascinating yet affordable locale. Situated in the district of Kodagu in Karnataka,...