Islam in India

The Muslims first arrived as traders in the coasts of South India in the ninth century. Since then, Islam has manifested itself in many forms and places across the Indian countryside. It is… Continue reading

Letter from Lucknow #2: The War of the Mangos

I couldn’t have found a better host family. My host mother is the quintessential Indian aunty. She is old, maybe in her early sixties, with thick, leathery-brown skin, wavy russet hair, a single… Continue reading

Letter from Lucknow #1: New Home, New Toilet Training

Dear Friends, I am finally settled with my host family in Lucknow. I live on 3 Joplin Road – “next to Joooohn the Baker’s!” my host mother is fond of reminding me. The… Continue reading

The Lifting of the Veil: The Monastery and Tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin Darga

The Monastery and Tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin Darga “Let God make you feel pain” –words of advice given to Hazrat Nizamuddin by his master A woman in a red and gold sari cries… Continue reading

First Impression of Delhi

Dear Friends, Hey! Made it to the other side of the world. The Indira Gandhi National Airport was clean and well lit–there were hardly any people. Adorning the walls were murals of Hindu ladies dressed… Continue reading

The Indian Economy: The Debate on Growth and Welfare

Economists once used the term “A Hindu Rate of Growth” to describe India’s economic performance in the 60’s. The label invoked the image of an elephant plodding steadily forward at a rate of… Continue reading

Hinduism in India

The Meaning of Namaste Hinduism is not merely a religion in India. It’s a way of life. When one presses one’s hands together into the greeting or salutation of the namaste, one participates… Continue reading

Journal on First Flight to India: January 1st, 2011

On the plane ride to India I sat in the middle row toward the back of the plane, next to a business consultant who negotiated deals for security systems across the world. In… Continue reading

The Captain Planet Generation

Maybe it’s the people I hang out with, but my generation tends to see itself in the stories of other countries. In our global society, countries sometimes appear less as real, physical places… Continue reading