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Stone, Stone Everywhere

Stone, Stone Everywhere

CLINK, clink, clink. The sound of hammer on chisel is everywhere in Mammallapuram. It follows me around as I walk from one street to the other of the tiny coastal town in Tamil Nadu—home to over a 1,000 stone-sculpting shops. Incredible as it may sound, Mammallapuram,...
The Valley of Rainbows

The Valley of Rainbows

As our vehicle crept up the winding pathway navigating the sudden and sharp hairpin bends in the hills with adeptness, the blast of cold air that caressed our faces came as a shock after the pent-up heat of the plains. This was nature’s way of welcoming us to...

Of Love And A Longing

“People and their cultures perish in isolation, but they are born or reborn in contact with other men and women, with men and women of another culture, another creed, another race. If we do not recognize our humanity in others, we will not recognize it in...
Malabar

Malabar

Calicut, now better known as Kozhikode, is a historic coastal city that was once one of the wealthiest kingdoms in India. A port that exported spices, ivory, timber, and cloth (Calico textiles derive their name from Calicut), it prospered and grew into an important...

Gone with the Mullahs

Yesterday 27 broken bodies crammed the crevices of the Kabul Gorge. Today the bodies were gone. A detachment of Afghan soldiers stood by with guns at the ready. If I squinted and focused on a rock outcrop one thousand feet below, I could faintly see the burnt-out...