India, You Own Me

The moment I breathed in muggy air, felt my skin prickle from the heat as I exited Mumbai's International terminal, was an awakening. I knew this was going to be an unforgettable experience. Friends or newly formed acquaintances ask me, how was India? My voice dies. Lips unable to speak. A simple set of words [...]

By |May 28th, 2011|India|44 Comments

Same Destination; Different Experience

Allan and I had just met four hours ago and he irritated me. Not because he wasn’t pleasant. He was male. I first noticed it when we walked back to his hotel. The old section of Udaipur has a main street that bursts with humans, rickshaws, cars and motorbikes constructed of various nuts, bolts or [...]

By |May 15th, 2011|Udaipur|35 Comments

Horse Whispering in Rajasthan

A Little Historical Reference The history of the horse in Rajasthan spans hundreds of years. At one time in the land of kings, horses were used for pleasure trips and thunderous warfare. Rajasthan society was infused with a social caste system. This included horses. The Marwari breed reached the highest esteem, thus only Rajputs were [...]

By |May 10th, 2011|Adventure, Udaipur|14 Comments

When You Bleed, You Think About Life

Facing Truths “How long has this been going on?” I couldn’t see the doctor from my position, on my back, as light pierced my eyes. The only visible shape was the outline of her body, a white aura bleeding around her face. Just a disembodied voice tinged with disapproval. “Six days.” I lied. Maybe I [...]

By |April 30th, 2011|Life, New Delhi|33 Comments

I’m in Love… With My Guesthouse

I didn't know what to expect when the rickshaw dropped me off in the old town of Udaipur. Reviews said Mewargarh Palace is decent and boast fair and accommodating owners. See, after so many couches, Murphy Beds, and unwashed sheets I've become cynical. As though nothing could possibly please me now. I stood outside the [...]

By |April 27th, 2011|Travel Tips, Udaipur|36 Comments

Rajasthan – Jewel of India

When the train lurches, propelling itself from the platform in Delhi, leaving behind the dense, smoggy air and the concrete monoliths that are brimming with families, that familiar tug of motion bubbles. A nugget of knowledge that you are onwards somewhere new, saddling uncharted waters. The volume of traffic and decibels of honking is a [...]

By |April 25th, 2011|Culture, Rajasthan|21 Comments