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One in a billion…

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Part 6 of 6: Beijing Notes: June 3 – 9, 2011 Photo Album Usually it is fairly easy to catch a cab in central Beijing. The cabs are always clean, efficient and affordable as long as you can explain to…

Budhanath Stupa

Pondering the news…

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Part 4 of 6. I open my eyes every morning and reach for my iPad, just to check if the world has survived the night without my motherly care. Sure enough, there is trouble brewing in Tibet – a friend…

A late letter from China

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Having completed a 16-day trek through China and Tibet, I am overwhelmed with emotions, thoughts and impressions about this great country, its people, food, history and opportunities for the future. Unlike my other trips, I was not able to write…

Love and Marriage

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Call me a hopeless romantic, but almost all of my conversations with the Indian contacts inevitably circle around one of their most important traditions – arranged marriages. The immense complexity of Indian society, including (but not limited to) the caste,…

A letter from the lakes

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The turboprop flight from Delhi to Udaipur takes about 1 hour, but it transports you from the sub-continent’s crazy capital into the land of princely warriors and artificial lakes surrounding their castles and palaces. Many of the princes are still…

Letter from a jungle

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Imagine taking a flight from an antiseptic shopping mall of Dubai and landing in the chaos of Indian jungle just 3 hours later! There are monkeys running across the road, elephants walking next to the rickshaw’s, thousands of people everywhere,…

A letter from a mirage

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The mirage has taken just a few years to transform itself from a fishing village to a futuristic metropolitan monster… sort of Las Vegas on steroids. It now boasts a jungle of skyscrapers with condos and offices, the tallest building…