We were warned against street food and even fresh fruits and vegetables for the first few days, but when we spotted this little stand, how could we resist?! We loaded up with oranges, bananas and had the vendor lop off the tops of coconuts with a machete so we could drink the delicious water directly … More Street Food
In the middle of a crowded, littered, vibrant city sits a castle of stone. The Laxmi Palace is set way back on beautiful green acreage in Baroda, Gujarat. Most of the downstairs and the grounds were open to tourists but in some part of this palace people still live.
Fancy kite fliers.
There is skill involved in this kite festival. On this day people of all ages purchase inexpensive paper kites, lots of them, and at least one roll of kite string embedded with glass. You can’t feel the glass when you run your fingers along it, but when it’s in the air with the force of the … More Rooftop fliers
There is little to no wind on the day of the International Kite Festival. But that just doesn’t matter.
When we arrive in Baroda, Gujarat it is on the day of the Kite Festival. This is an annual event and a big deal in Gujarat marking the transition between seasons, symbolizing the end of winter. The religious belief is that on this day the gods awaken after six months and throw open the portals of heaven. It … More Kite Festival
The lotus flower is rich in symbolism. It’s stalk is anchored in the mud and while it will bend it is nearly impossible to break. The petals are coated in a wax-like substance that keeps the flower from ever getting wet. When its three day life is over it drops its petals one at a … More Lotus
One thing a city mouse must become accustomed to India is the presence of so many animals roaming about untethered. This particular gent is more pet than livestock. His name is Fighter. A moniker he earned in his early days when he and the resident dog were jockeying for alpha position. They’ve long forgotten those … More They Call Me Fighter
Sometimes you just stumble upon magic. It’s everywhere if you stay present. Taken at Rann Riders in Dasada, Gujarat, India.
I love vultures. This sentiment is usually met with the look on the face of someone who’s just smelled something very unpleasant. But allow me explain. My affinity for these birds has nothing to do with their cuddly nature but rather an appreciation for the efficiency of the work they were sent here to do. They … More Clean up