Varanasi, India is home to world class weavers and a huge textile industry. I was lucky enough to get to visit these craftsman and observe as they handled the enormous looms with grace and dexterity.
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In this politically charged atmosphere, I experienced sparks of madness and maturity that were exhibited by the people in Benaras.
Reading Chetan Bhagat's Revolution 2020 in December 2012 while traveling by bus throughout India, it has seemed that art imitates life. The newspaper has been alive with the protests in the street with the "pink revolution."
When I arrived, Varanasi reminded me of a filthy, disheveled Venice, but where Venice is like a living museum, Varanasi teems with life.
Awakened by the haunting first call to Muslim prayer at 4:30 a.m., we rode elephants up steep hills to Amber Fort, a massive citadel for Hindu rulers.
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I arrived in Hinduism's holiest city on Judaism's holiest day. But how was I to spend Yom Kippur, a solemn day of atonement and fasting at the 5-star Nadesar Palace?
In this holy place beats the heart of an ancient civilization.
I missed writing the blog last week! This was not due to any laziness or any other lame reason, but rather due to the fact that I was laid up in bed ...
Only in India do people comment on the experience of getting there ("this was fresher," said Vivek) rather than the destination itself.
I sat on a curb in the dark, the sun not yet lifted, watching dozens and dozens of people sleeping on the concrete, some beginning to rise, the breeze fresh from the Ganges.
The most fun experience one can have in India, if you have an extra twenty dollars, is take a street child to buy her new clothes.
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Varanasi, the holy city of the dead, is a blast of life. Right from the train station, the roads are dense in clanking bicycles, women in black veils...
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