India

My Initial Love-Hate Relationship With India

My Initial Love-Hate Relationship With India

India is one of those polarizing destinations–people either love it or hate it. It’s raw and gritty, and I feel you have to be there awhile before you start to see the beauty of the place. Even then, it’s a love-hate relationship. Nothing is easy. […]

Jodhpur: Where the Simple Act of Going Somewhere Becomes an Adventure

Jodhpur: Where the Simple Act of Going Somewhere Becomes an Adventure

Jodhpur pulsates color. Flower garlands and colorful fabrics dance in the wind against the blue walls of the city.  Cows meander down the streets. I didn’t know much about the city; I only knew that I wanted to visit on my second trip to India after […]

Niranjana Public Welfare Trust

Niranjana Public Welfare Trust

Niranjana Public Welfare Trust works in a small village just outside of Bodhgaya, Bihar. The Trust works in many different capacities: they have a school, a healthcare clinic, an orphanage, and they help provide resources for farmers in the community. The school is just a […]

Vacha Trust: An Girls’ Empowerment Organization Working in Mumbai

Vacha Trust: An Girls’ Empowerment Organization Working in Mumbai

Vacha Trust is an organization in Mumbai, India that works to empower girls living the in nearby slum communities. The organization began as a resource center, but now offers training for girls so that they can be active citizens in their community. They teach leadership, […]

Vacha: Empowering Girls in Mumbai

Vacha: Empowering Girls in Mumbai

I found the Vacha organization through a Google search. I actually found three different organizations (one in Delhi, one in Kolkata, and Vacha in Mumbai) doing work with gender issues. I sent emails to all three explaining who I was and a little about my […]

Mumbai Transit

Mumbai Transit

It’s amazing how quickly you fall into routines in a new place. I guess that is part of the thrill of traveling – going someplace where you know nothing and then slowly things begin to fall into place. I’ve been to Mumbai before, but this […]

Varanasi: Spiritual, Magical, and Chaotic  

Varanasi: Spiritual, Magical, and Chaotic  

Emma and I are waiting for Amrita and Joseph at a Japanese Tea Shop. Inside it’s quiet and cool, but every time the door opens you’re reminded of the heat and the noise that’s just outside. I’ve always said that India is like no other […]