Kumbh Mela – The World’s Largest Religious Event

Kumbh Mela – The World’s Largest Religious Event

Introduction I finally made it to the Kumbh Mela where I… …observed thousands of Hindu pilgrims bathing in the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati Rivers… …and talked with Sadhus, the Hindu ascetics who have has renounced the worldly life. I even had chai (tea) with Rasta-looking Naga Sadhus, who were smoking some mind-expanding substance. However, my most amusing moments were watching the dancing Sadhus. I was fortunate to spend two weeks here, where every day was an adventure. My Story This trip to the Indian subcontinent was arranged around attending…continue reading →
Mumbai – City of Dreams

Mumbai – City of Dreams

Introduction Even though I have visited India several times, this was my first trip to Mumbai. I knew it was the target of a deadly terrorist attack on the Taj Hotel. I knew it was the financial and business capital of India with a sprawling skyline. While Mumbai was modern in many ways, I was aware it was still India with cows roaming the streets. Since I mostly associated Mumbai with Indian movies, particularly Slumdog Millionaire, I decided I would visit the slums and see if it was similar to the movie. I discovered…continue reading →