Tag Archives: india

A social order

Although caste is officially illegal, it is alive and well. There are thousands of castes and subcastes, based on regional and religious subcultures.

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it is my duty

Dharma is a concept shared by all India religious systems and includes duty as a prime virtue.

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a group project

Everywhere we go there is a collective consciousness that transcends our western individualism.

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return to India

The distance between the U.S. and India is not measured in months or miles—it is measured by ways of life layered over centuries and centuries.

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A pilgrimage of my own

My dad loved India and part of why I’ve come is to see why. It becomes clearer every day.

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an embarrassment of riches

The warmth of hospitality we have received, and the sacrifices students and faculty have made for our comfort, is embarrassing.

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Living on the streets in Mumbai

It is easy to impose our own vision of home and happiness on people who don’t care as much about it as we do.

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a guide to tipping in India

How much to tip seems like an unimportant question when there are two families living on the sidewalk outside my hotel window.

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passage to India

The colors are rich and vibrant—the flowers and fruit and fabric join the assault on the senses. It makes you wish you had a better camera. Or at least a better memory

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