Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Home of Uncle Sam

Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York ,meat packer and entrepreneur, was the model  for Uncle Sam, one of our most recognizable national symbols, but I get ahead of the story.  In 1813, the United States got its nickname of Uncle … Continue reading

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Architectural Decoration and Details in the Pols

Imagine the tales this door could tell of people entering it, through the years, and also about the designer and craftsman who made it. The homes in the Poles date back hundreds of years and yet much of the craftsmanship … Continue reading

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Inner Peace Award and Bouquet Of Super Awards With No Rules

                                          I have several wonderful bloggers to whom I am awarding this Inner Peace Award.  As per the tradition of … Continue reading

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Jama Mosque. . . . The Friday Mosque

The main entrance to this mosque is  from the noisy, crowed main street of the daily market  in the Pols of  Ahmedabad. In fact the gate is reached by ascending stairs  that are partially hidden by a crowd of small … Continue reading

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The Uttrakhand Tragedy: A first-person account

Originally posted on JSS Herald:
This is the first person account of my classmate Rikzin who was to witness the disaster which would claim the lives of thousands of pilgrims. Estimates vary — a little over a thousand says the government,…

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The Pols of Ahmedabad

The Walled City of Ahmedabad is a living labyrinth of over 600 neighborhoods locally know  as “Pols”. The word “Pol” is from a Sanskrit word that means “gate to an enclosed area.”  The  high buildings cast shadows on the tiny … Continue reading

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The Golden Temple….Part 2 The Langar

Originally posted on TalesAlongTheWay:
Wandering through the narrow crowded streets to the Golden Temple, we were bombarded with requests to buy orange head scarves.Bare feet and covered heads are mandatory in the temple for both men and women. Our guide…

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