India

A house on the water - through the backwaters of Kerala, India

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With jet black hair that defies her age slicked back in a tight bun, the woman wrapped in a midnight blue sari, caked in dirt smacks her lips over her gums. Pointing curiously to the beedi I’m holding, she takes it in her skeletal hands and carefully inspects it, pulling it close to her piercing black eyes. As the familiarity of the Indian cigarette s[...]

Hindi for beginners

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India is anything but boring. And somehow I ended up doing everything my guidebook told me to avoid. I reveled in the unhygienic and spicy food from the gar kitchens, was bamboozled by hordes of hawkers and made a contribution to some terrifically earsplitting traffic chaos. I`m thirsty, sweaty and excited as I take my place in a queue of Indians. 40 degr[...]

India - Streetlife

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Visiting India, there was so much to see, smell, sense and naturally there was a photo to be taken at every possible corner. The most fascinating thing to photograph was everyday life, which istotally different to where i am from. Life here, is mostly being lived out on the streets. As temperatures are hot and air conditioners are expensive, staying inside i[...]

India - the temple of the Sikh

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My trip to India -one of the most exciting things I did in my life so far. I will give you a few insights on all the places I've visited and all the things I got to know. First stop: The temple of the Sikh. Sikh is a religious schism of the Hindu Belief. Translated directly, it means follower of the Guru Nanak, who is one of the 10 Gurus, the Sikh belief [...]

On my way to India...

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One more day, then finally the time has come. My first time visiting the Asian Continent - I couldn't be more excited. When I picture India, I see bright colours, full markets, spices everywhere - simply a whole new world. I basically got all those ideas from Bollywood movies, so there are a lot of clichées that have to be proven right or wrong. There is[...]

Kolkata impressions

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To be totally honest I didn't like Kolkata too much. It was polluted, had an impossible overload of cars on the street and the offer of stuff to do was pretty poor, I thought. Either way I thought I'd upload a few snaps I took walking around the city.

Darjeeling - living in clouds

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Have you ever wondered what life would be like if it rained every day? Probably not. You probably never really got to that level of boredom. Today I, on the other hand, have played the scenario through in my head and decided that that would suck a fair bit. We got to Darjeeling 3 days ago expecting romantic landscapes, himalayan views and chilled-out cafes [...]

Ngawang: Story of a tibetan nun becoming a political refugee

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Ngawang, 35,  Mcleod Ganj Ngawang came to India 12 years ago as a political refugee from Tibet.  She is a nun in the buddhist nun in Dharamsala. (Since the invasion of the Chinese in 1950 Tibet has been under the control of the people's republic of China. There is much controversy between reports of the Chinese and the Tibetans as to how the Chines[...]

Tamar: a modern gypsy

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Tamar, 26, Mcleod Ganj Tamar is originally from Israel but left the country at the age of 5 when her family moved to Canada. She's been traveling and living in India for 2 years. Travelettes: Tell us about your India trip so far. Tamar: I came here 2 years ago and at first I just traveled around to all sorts of places all over the country. Somew[...]