A Little Education: Profiles of India 4

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This is the fourth set of profiles of people we have met in India. In this post, meet two people for whom education becomes a mixed blessing. (For the previous profiles, click Profiles 1 or…

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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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Family Business: Profiles of India 2
Divine family, Shiva and Parvati atop Nandi, with sons Ganesha and Murugan

Family Business: Profiles of India 2

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This is the second of a group of profiles we will post of people we have met during our trip to India. (For the first pair, click here.) We've changed a few of their characteristics…

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Lord of the Dance: The God Shiva in Southern India
Nataraja, the dancing Shiva (Thanjavur)

Lord of the Dance: The God Shiva in Southern India

You've likely seen the sacred image in bronze many times. He dances, ringed by tongues of fire, the universe held in balance. The lithe, somewhat androgynous figure stands on his slightly bent right leg, his…

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The Naked and the Clad: Heights of Admiration
Bahubali

The Naked and the Clad: Heights of Admiration

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One of them is in his mid-50s, a bit stiff and very gangly, a welcoming grin on his face, his hand raised in greeting and dressed in jeans and cowboy boots befitting a frontier past…

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