Touring the houses of God

Religious tourism is always something that I've had some qualms about. That is, going to churches, temples, mosques, or synagogues, just to see them, even if you don't follow that particular faith. Certainly, there may be architectural or historic reasons to visit such places, and it's never a bad thing to learn about or experience …

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“The City Beautiful”

Chandigarh is the only city I’ve ever visited where I’ve constantly thought: “This place is so weird.” It is one of India’s planned cities, designed in the 1960s soon after independence by the French/Swiss urban planner Le Corbusier. The whole town really had a dystopian or post-apocalyptic vibe to it which persisted throughout our stay. …

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Six out of 1000: A Temple Tour of Kanchi

Kanchipuram: the city of one thousand temples, about a three-hour bus ride from Pondicherry. Last weekend, the Pondy and Kanchi Fulbrighters met up to join a group of Chennai-based scholars and history/heritage/architecture enthusiasts for a tour of six Vishnu temples in Kanchipuram. Now, I will say right off the bat, that I was coming on …

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