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The Mysore Palace

After lunch (a tiny bit of plain rice for me), we went to the Maharajah’s palace in Mysore; a.k.a. The Mysore Palace. It’s huge and during tours you only get to see half of it; the other half is occupied… Continue Reading →

Mysore Bus Tour

I woke up sick; my first real sickness since coming to India. I took nearly a month a half (not bad) and this morning I woke up with a bad case of the runs and was constantly on the edge… Continue Reading →

Bus Ride to Mysore, South Karnataka

Getting to Mysore was an adventure — in a typical Indian transportation kind of way. I showed up at the bus station in Tellicherry early (like always) and had to wait 20 minutes for the bus. I asked around to… Continue Reading →

Tellicherry / Thalaserry, Kerala

Hanuman is the most devoted worshiper of Rama and is said to be present whenever Rama’s name is mentioned. It seems he can never get enough of Rama stories and is always lurking in a dark hallway or corner listening… Continue Reading →

Musings on Kochi and Philosophy

My last evening in Kochi was spent watching a second Kathikali performance, this time at the See-India Foundation. It was (I believe) a purer form of dance than the one I saw at the Cochin Fort. I guess you could… Continue Reading →

Kathakali Dancers

Rather then try to put together bits and pieces of the Ramayana together into a complete story, I bought a copy and am now reading it in hopes of understanding much of the art, stories, and theatre pieces I encounter… Continue Reading →

Jew Town and Spices

One very interesting scene I happened upon while in Fort Cochin was women preparing ginger in Jew town. Jew town is the main spice area for India: Pepper and ginger were being prepared behind old walls and in old courtyards…. Continue Reading →

Fort Kochin

Today we walked to the fort rather than take a rickshaw. It was a long haul and we stupidly did it during the hottest part of the day. What a lesson! The fort is an interesting place, you could spend… Continue Reading →

Strike in Kochi

There is some sort of strike happening in Kochi. It was very eerie at first when I stepped off the train and walked into town. There are troops everywhere but no cars, just military jeeps. It was even more eerie… Continue Reading →

Indian Coffee House, Thiruvananthapuram

The Indian Coffee House is a sight to behold and is completely unexpected in an interesting way; I love it. The coffee shop is built within a spiral chimney. You enter the building at the bottom and have to walk… Continue Reading →

Navam Perahera

Perahera is one of the biggest festivals in Sri Lanka. The word ‘Perahera’ means procession and the festival honours the Sacred Tooth Relic which is housed in Kandy. The tooth reportedly belonged to Buddha and was smuggled away from his… Continue Reading →

The Ruins of Anuradhapura

The ruins of the ancient city are truly amazing. Anuradhapura used to be the capital city of Sri Lanka and during this time the kings went on a fervent building spree. Many of the structures built during this period are… Continue Reading →

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