Wedding Preparations, Part 1: Logistics

In the U.S., the time and care and planning that you put into a wedding is culturally amplified as highly crucial. We have professional wedding planners, thematic Pinterest pages, mail-order magazines, and trade shows. There’s not only Say Yes To The Dress (classic) but also that really weird and recently-renewed TV show Four Weddings, where …

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Returned: Musings and New Focus

When I was on my U.S. bus journey between Houston and Dallas, I was writing in my journal and then got wrapped into conversation with the guy sitting next to me. At some point he asked me about why I keep a journal and how he could never get into it. I told him how …

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These crackers are not for eating

This post is adapted from an article I wrote for PondyPost, a blog written and run by heritage enthusiasts at INTACH Pondicherry. At the end of October, people across India celebrate Diwali. Officially, this holiday is known as the Festival of Lights. But, more noticeably, it should be called the Festival of Crackers. Fire crackers. Diwali celebrates …

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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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