What lies around the bend… we know not!

During its journey, meandering through three states, the Colorado River, cuts through Marble Canyon. Driving over Navajo Bridge, you see this mighty river from way above -- almost 142 meters (616 feet) above -- the water level. Looking far yonder, one wonders what lies around that bend... but few can tell, just as in life, … Continue reading What lies around the bend… we know not!

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Explosions at Bodh Gaya!

My tympanic membrane is tired, and hardened from the continual onslaught of explosive news. Not only tired of the terrorism, I'm sickened by the endless rapes that women suffer mercilessly. Add to that the helplessness one feels, reading about the pointless deaths of hundreds, thousands - en masse! Now, worse, am defeated by the mindless … Continue reading Explosions at Bodh Gaya!

Buddhist Monks at Nalanda

Buddhist Monks at Nalanda by chitralekhan Modern day monks... at the ancient center of learning, in Bihar, India. When I visited Nalanda in November of 1996, it was the Chinese Year of the Monkey... 4694 Bing-Shen! So, "What's the context?" you may well ask... well, among the Buddhist Jataka Tales, is also a delightful but … Continue reading Buddhist Monks at Nalanda

The Ruins of Nalanda University

The ruins of Nalanda UniversityOriginally uploaded by chitralekhan The excavated remains of an ancient center of learning... from over 2000 years ago! I may not be able to visit Taxila (now in modern-day Pakistan) in this lifetime, but was very fortunate to be able to walk around on the very same grounds of Nalanda where, … Continue reading The Ruins of Nalanda University

Plan of excavated ruins: Ancient Nalanda University

Plan of excavated ruins: Ancient Nalanda UniversityOriginally uploaded by chitralekhan Layout of Nalanda University, (Bihar), India: one of the ancient higher-learning institutions, particularly for Buddhist monks from near & the Far East... think 5th & 6th centuries B.C. Alas, it still remains among UNESCO's tentative lists of designated World Heritage sites:  Excavated Remains at Nalanda … Continue reading Plan of excavated ruins: Ancient Nalanda University

Hampi

Yesterday was one day when the whole world seemed to drive me a tad mad. I've got over that now, and was determined to reproduce my article, which was published several years back... Hampi is one of my most favorite travel destinations, and I often search for new websites and updated information regarding the ongoing … Continue reading Hampi

It’s Friday the thirteenth…

Does it actually freak out many people? The National Geographic published an item under its News section, a few years back about how the US lost almost 800-900 million USD on this day only on account of people's superstitions and phobias related to flying or doing business on Friday 13th. If anxiety builds up due … Continue reading It’s Friday the thirteenth…