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Passage to India – The Charnel Ground

I went to the cremation ground in Puri today. I was deeply moved and it helped me to reflect on our own lives and deaths. I’ll only show one photograph because it seemed that my taking lots of photographs was … Continue reading

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Passage to India – A Short and Sad Life

I see the street dogs and the beach dogs here and I am saddened because I know they will have a short life. Except for a few families who treasure their dogs, most of the strays are ignored or poorly … Continue reading

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Passage to India – Thoughts on Pondicherry

Pondicherry (Puducherry) has a distinct French colonial flavor.  A settlement was established by the French as early as 1674 although the place was taken by the British twice after they came to dominate India. The French finally turned the Puducherry area … Continue reading

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Passage to India – The Ooty Train, Part II

The 1st Class coach was the oldest in the three-car set but was placed at the head of the train. The Inspector must have taken pity on me, or smelled a railfan, and assigned me the seat in the very … Continue reading

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Passage to India – The Ooty Train, Part I

This is unashamedly for my railway friends, but you’re welcome to read it too. From the hot plains of Tamil Nadu to the “hills” the Ooty train rises to over 7000′ on a spectacularly built rack railway. Properly called the … Continue reading

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Passage to India – Colors Part One

Since there are  so many books on India that relate to cultural differences, I’ll not go into much of that here. I’d like to comment however on the things that strike me personally as unusual or significantly different. One surely notices the vibrant colors, … Continue reading

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Passage to India – Tuk Tuk Heaven

There are many small delights for me in this great country and one of them is riding in a ubiquitous tuk-tuk. Small and breezy, their easy availability and low cost means that a short ride is a pleasant if rather … Continue reading

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Passage to India – The Joys of Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic

In the world of Virgin Atlantic what most would label “First Class” is called in a particularly British way “Upper Class”. The question under discussion here is whether or not it is worth it for long-haul travel. After a crowded … Continue reading

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Passage To India – Packing less and enjoying more

Two weeks from today I take off to India for a two-month vacation. I was there seven years ago on a rushed, guided tour. Now I’m going to take my time and travel solo. I am trying to do this … Continue reading

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Travels With Beasley on the Lincoln Highway

Those who have followed my trips on the Lincoln Highway will know that my traveling companion Mr. Beasley is always along. Last night I had a delightful time as the guest speaker at the Sierra Writers group in Nevada City and … Continue reading

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