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she shells sea shells

I’m not sure how I feel about Katie finding the best shell, seeing as how she is from Toledo. Perhaps this is beginner’s luck.

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a rhythm of renewal

There are dolphins playing along the edges of the surf as the sun glints off the white-capped waves. We will go soon and walk beside them.

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Letters From Bharat: Oh, Calcutta

I wasn’t scared. I could easily have hailed a cab. I was just confused and wanted to find my way. On my own, if I could.

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Letters From Bharat: Sherpa

I’m not sure we will ever all come together as Michael Jackson’s song suggests. But I’m pretty sure young Chenju will never work on a tea farm.

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Letters from Bharat: morning in the mountains

  It’s 7:30 in the morning in Makiabari, the small mountain village in the Darjeeling area where we have arranged home stays. It is a hazy morning—the clouds have not yet lifted. But you can start to see the surrounding valleys and ridges. I have heard the sounds of a community coming to life since 6, […]

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Letters from Bharat; waiting in Mumbai

We Americans, we love our tasks. But they love each other, in a way that pushes the clock out of the foreground.

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Letters from Bharat: Mumbia

  In Mumbia one is immediately struck by the contrasts. Either that or the chaotic traffic, with the constant  honking of horns and a sense that lanes don’t exist as rickshaws, buses, cabs and private cars push into any available space. Or the strange, powerful smells—incense burning at shrines on the sidewalk, smog always on high […]

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holy cow

Temples are crowded. Festivals are innumerable. Darkness. Bondage. Idolatry. It is an unending cycle of prayers and sacrifices.

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unity in diversity

People of different religions, languages and palates have been getting along for centuries, with a shared understanding of hierarchy and a karmic view of fate.

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how to say hello

The idea that any guest or stranger is a god lays the foundation for Indian hospitality.

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