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November 13, 2012 :: Diwali in India

November 11, 2012
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What: Diwali, or Deepavali literally means “festival of lights.” It is the biggest celebrated holiday for Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism. It’s a 5-day festival that usually falls during October/November, marking autumn as the festive season.

Modern practice has been defined by a religious […]

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24 Hours in Istanbul, Turkey

November 4, 2012
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Istanbul’da hos geldiniz—welcome to Istanbul!

Istanbul is a tale of two cities. Straddling Europe and Asia and divided by the strait of Bosporus, the former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires is the only metropolitan city that has its foot […]

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Spiritual Chaos on the Haridwar Ghats Along the Ganges River

November 2, 2012
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Excerpts from my Study Abroad in India journal…
During our month-long intensive language sojourn in Mussoorie, we were given weekends off. Every weekend, we set out to a new neighboring destination to witness a different facet of Indian society and life. One weekend, we really wanted to […]

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Photo Essay: Khajuraho — Where Eroticism Meets Culture

October 25, 2012
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Eroticism meets culture.

Yes, you read that right.

Eager to escape the polluted chaos of Delhi, we headed to the small town of Khajuraho, located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh for the weekend. We were told Khajuraho was one of those touristy destinations […]

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[Em]powered by the Red-Light District in New Delhi

October 20, 2012
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Excerpt from my U.S. Embassy International Narcotics/Law Enforcement journal…

On a bright, sunny afternoon, New Delhi teemed with people caught up in the usual humdrum of daily life and I, a representative of the U.S. Embassy, blindly followed a brothel owner into […]

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The Best Fresh Juice in Mumbai…

October 15, 2012
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is most definitely at the Haji Ali Juice Centre, located at Haji Ali Circle near Cumballa Hill. Founded in 1937, it’s an institution in Mumbai, with listings in almost every guide book. It’s a juice stall/fast food joint on the side of the road that […]

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Debunked! Top 15 Myths About India

October 11, 2012
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1) India is a poor country. So there’s people who live in huts, walk barefoot, dress in rags, and beg for money, that doesn’t make the entire country poor. Have you been to Harlem lately? The country has positioned itself as one of […]

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Nature Meets Romance: 7 Destinations for the Perfect Proposal

October 8, 2012
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Natural beauty has always lured romantics. There is something about nature—from sparkling seawaters to snow-covered mountain peaks to dancing waterfalls—that overtly spells romance, and every continent (yes, even Antarctica!) is brimming with beautiful natural destinations that paint the ideal backdrop for your wedding proposal. Bask […]

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Living High: A Himalayan Experience

October 4, 2012
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Excerpts from my Study Abroad in India journal…
As a University of California student, we were afforded the opportunity to study abroad in virtually any country around the world. I chose India. I spent a total of 6 months in the country, 1 month in the Himalayas and […]

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Regal Relics of the Mughal Empire in India

October 1, 2012
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Vestiges of India’s Mughal past are still very much alive today. You’ll be blown away by the intricate architecture that was erected hundreds of years ago during the Mughal Empire, from the 1500s to the 1800s. Its elaborate, symmetrical style is an amalgam of Islamic, Persian […]

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