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Indian Men Color their Hair More Frequently than Women

In India Beauty Parlors for Women are experiencing growth. Men are much more public about their grooming, often doing it on the street and women don't color their hair nearly as much as the men. A visitor will notice many more grey-haired women than gray-haired men.

In and Out of Rishikesh (without The Beatles)

In 1968, The Beatles went to Rishikesh to study with Mahrishi Mahesh Yogi and the trip got widespread media attention and influenced Western attitudes about Indian spirituality and music; I went there 40 years later and couldn't wait to get out of town!

Monkey Business in Moussourie

In India monkeys run around the backyard, jumping in trees,  like squirrels do in New England.  Anjula told me a story about when a pack of monkeys broke into their family house in Dehradun. The family dropped everything, scrambled together... Continue Reading →

Bathing in the Ganges

Travelers to India may be tempted to step into the Ganges but simply standing on the shore to watch the pleasure and joy of others is very satisfying experience.

Dehradun = Doon = Boom!

Dehradun is known as the love city,the jewel of the Himalayas, gateway to holy cities, education capital of India; for me Dehradun was the first Indian city I got to know. It is about 6 hours north of Delhi.

Fairy’s First Photo

Fairy, a Hindu family maid, wears a borrowed pink scarf and solemn expression to pose for her first picture in front of a blooming rose bush.

I Lived with a Hindu Family in Dehradun

On July 4, Anjula and I flew to Delhi together. At the airport a man picked up her suitcase by mistake and Anjula had to take a 5 hour bus ride west to retrieve it. This was my first expose to the man/woman imbalance in India. The man would have never gone out of his way to return the suitcase. It was the woman's duty to shoulder the burden of inconvenience.

Why Am Taking You to India?

In India I had seen every possible variation of being human and of humanity--good and bad--and it was unrelenting and afterwards, It became important to look inside myself and others and recognize the Divine.

Look Inside Golden Buddhist Tibetan Stupa

Take a look inside and see the pure gold wall paintings in World Peace Stupa in Dehradun, India, that illustrate the life of Lord Buddha; it took 50 artists three years to do the painting.

The Brown Rice Scene in Dehradun

by CHRISTINE PALAMIDESSI (from Stone's Throw Magazine) A white Range Rover with a thick bull bar headed straight at us. Rageev pushed the heel of his hand hard into the horn, uncurling his finger tips as if they were tender tea... Continue Reading →

Book Reviews

I read a lot. Here are reviews of fiction, non-fiction and collections. Many are reviews of translations of books written in Italian. New reviews posted every month.

Peelpi Live Tells More Than a Documentary Ever Could

Comedy from India: Peepli Live, a not-to-miss Hindi-English film, takes you to rural India and tells the story of a farmer who might commit suicide so that his family can collect the money they need to save their property.

Cobra in the Bathroom: Scariest thing that could happen to you

Tonight and every night check around the bathtub for cobras before taking a bath: Jim Corbett's life-and-death struggle with a big snake in a locked room.

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