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
My first sense of India was in the town of Ahmedebad, Gujurat. I had no frame of reference for comparison and no expectations. I had only the images I’d see in movies as a guide and I didn’t expect them to be too accurate. What I found was this mysterious world unlike anywhere I’d ever … More On the Streets of Ahmedebad
Cows are a part of the landscape all over India. This is pretty common knowlege. They’re not exactly absent along the back roads of America either, but for some reason seeing the first Brahma cow, out in the open, on the street was exciting. As you can imagine this was not the only picture I … More Close Encounter with a Brahma Bull
For over a year I have been planning this trip. I didn’t actually know when it would be or how much it would cost, I just knew I was going and that I would be going with Yogi Amrit Desai. A little over a year ago I was sitting in darshan (an inspirational and philosophical talk given … More Welcome to India