2/27/2010 | Andhra pradesh , India

Hyderabad Malid un Nabi Part II


The following morning I returned to the Charminar area for the procession I had been told about the night before.  More and more people flooded in to the area opposite the Jamma Masjid on the street leading North to the Charminar.   Some colored there faces with green sparkling paint, a Muslim answer […]

2/26/2010 | Andhra pradesh , India

Hyderabad Malid un Nabi Part I


We went down to the Charminar, the iconic center of Hyderabad’s Islamic old city center, on the eve of Malid un Nabi the day Muslims celebrate the birthday of the prophet Mohammad.  It was a festive atmosphere as people stood along the streets waving flags and dancing, while others drove around on […]

2/21/2010 to 3/2/2010 | Andhra pradesh , India

Hyderabad hanging out at ISB


In Hyderabad I stayed with my Taiwanese friend Sunny at her student accommodation on the campus of the Indian School of Business.  The school sits on the outskirts of Hyderabad in the midst of the sprawling campuses of multinational companies such as Microsoft.  The Indian School of Business is India’s premier private […]

2/20/2010 | India , Karnataka


Somnathpur is home to the 13th century star-shaped Keshava Temple built by the Hoysala dynasty.  These masters of sculpture also built the larger more famous temples at Halebid and Belur, which I visited in 1994 and 2008.  I made an effort to visit this temple in part on behalf of my dad.  I […]

2/18/2010 to 2/19/2010 | India , Karnataka

Tibet in Exile II: Bylakuppe


I somewhat reluctantly accompanied Sunny to the other major Tibetan exile settlement in Karnataka, Bylakuppe, near Mysore.  When we were able to secure overnight train seats that made it more palatable to me at least compared with taking the state run bus overnight.  We met up with Sunny’s classmate from Taiwan John […]

2/16/2010 to 2/17/2010 | India , Karnataka

Tibet in Exile I: Mundgod


While the most well known Tibetan exile settlement is near the northern Indian city of Dharmsala home to the Tibetan government in exile actually the largest concentration of Tibetan exiles in India is in the south Indian State of Karnataka.  It is in Karnataka where the great monastic universities of Ganden, Sera, […]

2/15/2010 | India , Karnataka

The Cart Pull: Gokarna


For weeks leading up to this day the massive wood cart parked at the end of Car Street in Gokarna had slowly metamorphosed into its present ornate configuration.  Teams of laborers had constructed an elaborate canopy on the massive wood wheeled platform decorated with splendor fitting enough for the god that would […]

2/12/2010 to 2/14/2010 | India , Karnataka

Shivaratri: Gokarna


With the arrival of Shivarati pilgrims poured into the sleepy sea side town of Gokarna.  In addition to these pilgrims who blanketed the town beach in lingams out of sand and waited in lines that wound around the town for a chance to enter the temple on this auspicious day, a couple […]

1/23/2010 to 2/12/2010 | India , Karnataka

Chill’n in Gokarna Again

I left Agonda in a relative hurry as the landlords of the place Mohan and Carol were staying in suddenly began giving them a hard time about me being there, so I hopped on a train down to my favorite mainland beach in India, Gokarna. The beaches surrounding this pilgrimage town on the […]