Finding India in Myanmar

“Indiaaaa,” he says, dragging out the ends like a veteran ring announcer. “You come from the birthplace of Buddha?” he asks. This is the first time I’ve been pegged as…

Love in the Marina

Gram flour, rice flour, salt, pepper, and a little water to bind. Shakunthala uses one hand to pull back her windswept hair and the other to mix the ingredients. She…

Coming of Age in India: A Snapshot

A ceremony of womanhood. Image by Flickr user Savara. Three dozen freshly washed sheets hang over a zigzag of clothing lines. The row of monogrammed bed sheets and pillow covers…

Sand in our pockets

Mr. Kumar, our guesthouse owner, promises us the best deal in all of Jaisalmer — an overnight camel safari under twenty dollars. He toys with the bristles of his caterpillar…

Fish for breakfast

The Kasimedu fishing harbour is located on the northern end of Chennai. The harbour accomodates 1,395 fishing boats and also doubles as a ship building facility. The lonely alleyway bears…

A Country in Upheaval: 6 Rules for Staying Safe Abroad

Protests can be peaceful or troublesome: be prepared. Image from michaellorinfriedman.com. A recent trip to Bangkok, Thailand reminded me of one of the most important things to remember when traveling:…

An Introvert Abroad: Hello, World!

I am an introvert. There, I said it. And more than that: I embrace it! It has been a long and confusing journey towards accepting my introversion as a strength…