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Dharamshala Lingers

If we missed this bus, there was no way we could make it back to Delhi in time. We were eighteen, with shining eyes and large backpacks falling off our shoulders. Limbs flailing, we scurried across a wide, grey road lined with pine trees standing tall against the clear blue...

PURULIA DIARIES: OF CHHOU MASKS AND MAGIC

Charida, a village in the Bagmundi, Purulia district, is the back of beyond of the back of beyond. The landscape shifts as villages fly past. Clouds of lotuses bloom in clear ponds, and in chimneys smoke the fresh bricks being toasted in their kilns. The egg devils and aubergine fritters...

Umbrellas, Tea, and Philosophy

Men, women, and children formed a colorful array of gonchas and chubas. Everyone gleamed radiant in this traditional attire—elaborate waistcoats spun from richly colored Tibetan wool and embellished with bright Himalayan weaves and textiles. We were in Choglamsar, a small town that is home to many Tibetan refugees, only eight...

Kerala, India: Photo Guide

When tourists think of India, they usually conjure up images of pilgrims bathing in the river Ganga, or ancient forts and Mughal palaces rising up almost mirage-like from the depths of the Thar Desert. Only handfuls are aware of the other parts of India that also offer a rich cultural...