Culture
 
 
 
Culture
 
Mysore-11
Mysore-11
Mysore-11

24 Hours in Mysore

Tweet Drifting ever closer to the tip of India, I make a 24-hour pitstop in historical Mysore, the old capitol city of the Mysore kingdom, famous for its magnificent maharaja palace, the kinetic Devaraja Bazaar, and its top-she...
 
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
Hyderabad Idea Indian Trains-1
Hyderabad Idea Indian Trains-1
Hyderabad Idea Indian Trains-1

A Hyderabad Idea, Part One: A 500 Mile Foodie Pilgrimage By Train

Tweet At five in the morning I sprinted through the Madurai Train Station, hop-scotching over sleeping bodies in tattered clothes and weaving between mustachioed luggage porters balancing suitcases on their heads. The loud spea...
 
 
Culture
 
Temples of Hampi Saddu-1
Temples of Hampi Saddu-1
Temples of Hampi Saddu-1

The Temples of Hampi

Tweet Arriving from Rangoon, the two month track through India to Pakistan starts in Mumbai, before cutting south through Karnataka, to the ancient Vijanayagar capitol of Hampi… Aside from walking through the chaos of Cra...
 

 
Adventure
 
Theyyam Yesteryear Colors-1
Theyyam Yesteryear Colors-1
Theyyam Yesteryear Colors-1

Gods Amongst Men

Tweet Late one night several years ago, while drunkenly sprawled out on my couch, flicking through a slog of 2AM infomercials and overly-lit diabetes PSAs, I caught a documentary about holy men in southern India, men who would ...
 
 
Burma
 
Bicyclist, U Bein Bridge, Ammarapura.
Bicyclist, U Bein Bridge, Ammarapura.
Bicyclist, U Bein Bridge, Ammarapura.

Photo Travelogue: Burmese Daze (Burma)

Tweet He was watching me. I noticed his shifting eyes at about 4AM, as I sat alone in my grimy hotel room, sweatily typing a story in my boxers, beneath a ceiling fan that rattled in the sultry, pre-monsoon heat. He was in my s...
 
 
Adventure
 
Dharavi Slums Alley-1
Dharavi Slums Alley-1
Dharavi Slums Alley-1

The Heart of the Slums

Tweet The scruffy, young beggar banged on my window. “Sir, money! Money!” I tried to ignore him but it was futile; we were stuck in Mumbai’s gridlock traffic, and he wasn’t going anywhere. “Sir!” I had no small bills. I conside...
 

 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
Bollywood-2
Bollywood-2
Bollywood-2

Steve McDonald: Bollywood Extra(ordinaire)

Tweet Considering the Europeans’ rich history in Asia—as the evil purveyors of cholera, missionaries, and opium—it should be no surprise that Western actors are often hired to play the feringee villain, or ‘white villain,’ in I...
 
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
Holi Festival-14
Holi Festival-14
Holi Festival-14

Holi Moly! Do or Dye!

Tweet Suresh Mehta screamed as his tiny feet pounded over hot sand, sprinting across the beach to the protection of his older sister. I thundered after him with my fist raised, eyes twinkling with vengeance, my entire body spla...
 
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
Rangoon Street Food-8
Rangoon Street Food-8
Rangoon Street Food-8

‘Have You Eaten?’: An Angry Foodie’s Portrait of Burma

Tweet It’s likely that you’ve never tried Burmese food, or even seen a Burmese restaurant. There’s a reason for this. Wedged between the three culinary giants China, India, and Thailand, you might expect the cuisine of Burma to...
 

 
Adventure
 
Human Zoo-2
Human Zoo-2
Human Zoo-2

The Human Zoo

Tweet As our motorized canoe sliced through the morning mist, I couldn’t discern the water from the sky. We were sailing through a monochrome plane of grey, with no reference point but the occasional floating lotus leaf, or a f...