Category: India

Delhi and the King of All Understatements

Delhi and the King of All Understatements

This might be the king of all understatements, but I’ll say it all the same: Delhi’s a big place. With a population around 25-million, it took three days to see. Grab a tourist pass for $10 and ride on the trains. The metro is clean and efficient. This was surprising. A true anomaly, as, in …

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Lucknow, Agra, and Some Passive Resistance

Lucknow, Agra, and Some Passive Resistance

Nothing will test your patience like India. From hawkers to beggars, from schemers to cons – you’re seen as fair game. I know there’s a lesson in here. I’m just not sure what… I headed to Lucknow. Still unsure why. I only saw one other traveller – a German dude who was pretty strung out. …

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Varanasi, the Indian BBQ

Varanasi, the Indian BBQ

When you’ve been travelling for a while, you start to miss some things from home. Do I miss vegemite, meat pies, or the casual racism? Sure I do. But I miss a good barbeque the most. India has amazing food, but they’d sooner pray to a steak than eat it. I’m in Varanasi, on the …

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Kolkata and My Indian Gay Appeal

Kolkata and My Indian Gay Appeal

I’d been warned: in Kolkata there’s no privacy, no personal space, and no hygiene. But, worse still, it’s hard to find a bar…   After a few days in the city, I’ll tell you this: the Victoria memorial is impressive, and the museum is alright – probably more so for its colonial architecture than for …

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A Tiger Safari and the US Constitution

A Tiger Safari and the US Constitution

What does a tiger safari have to do with the US constitution? I found the answer in the Sundarban forest. The Sundarbans are the largest set of mangroves in the world. They’re a UNESCO natural heritage site shared by India and Bangladesh. And they’re home to the endangered Bengal tiger. I went there from Kolkata …

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