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!

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

Quebec City, the provenance of French civilization in North America

Rich in history, heritage, culture, and "the city of a 1000 attractions", Quebec City, founded in 1608, celebrates its 400th anniversary this year. Kebec - the place where the river narrows - was the first French settlement in North America, founded on July 3, 1608 by Samuel de Champlain. With so much to see, even … Continue reading Quebec City, the provenance of French civilization in North America