Stairway to Heaven: Ascending Borobudur Temple
School children preparing to interview us atop Borodudur

Stairway to Heaven: Ascending Borobudur Temple

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It is almost impossible to see Candi Borobudur (Borobudur Temple) entirely from any vantage point. Though only seven levels high, each level is quite wide.  On each, a two-meter walkway passes between panel after panel…

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Where Oil and Water Mix: The Kingdom of Brunei
Main gate, Sultan's Palace, Brunei

Where Oil and Water Mix: The Kingdom of Brunei

Unusual geopolitics in the early 60s led to the political division of Borneo island into three slices. The biggest piece of the pie, southern Borneo, became part of Indonesia. A much narrower slice running along…

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What is an Indian City like?
Smell and taste of the city, a street food stall

What is an Indian City like?

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After a few months touring the length and breadth of India, we gained a good idea of how the cities look and how the daily life works. We know generally how to find the supplies…

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Star Struck in Jaipur
Giant soupbowl, or astrolabe, Jantar Mantar

Star Struck in Jaipur

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Entering the huge rectangular courtyard in Jaipur is like coming into a small walled palace, which would not be surprising in a town like this with old and new palaces all around. A low gate…

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A Walk thru the Middle of Nowhere
Jain Temple, Ranakpur

A Walk thru the Middle of Nowhere

"What are you doing here?" asked the father of three, a software engineer for Microsoft from Pune, Maharashtra. He was not threatening us or anything like that, but just astonished we were staying at this…

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Tongue-Tied with a Monk and a Mother: Profiles of India 3
Brief encounter: the family we met, Aravali Hills

Tongue-Tied with a Monk and a Mother: Profiles of India 3

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This is the third set of profiles of people we have met in India. In this post, meet two people for whom language differences made little difference. (For the previous profiles, click Profiles 1 or…

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The Three Faces of Mumbai
Shiva as trimurthi, three aspects of the divine, Elephanta

The Three Faces of Mumbai

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The enormous three-headed bust of the god Shiva presides over a huge 8th century temple hand carved from solid rock on Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbour. That's a one hour ferry ride from another emblem…

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