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Temples of Aspiration

“The womb… we all want to go back.” — Comedian Shelley Berman, 1959 Around 950 A.D., in the tropical village of Khajuraho (garden of date palms), artisans took their hammers, chisels and k…
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Meditations in Delhi, 2018.7.3

In the late 12th century, Qutb-ud-din Aibak, a one-time slave, declared himself the Sultan of Delhi after the death of his master, Muhammad Ghori.  In 1200, he began work on Qutab Minar to celebrate …
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Gandhi’s Garden

Hindus do not bury the dead.  They prefer to burn the corpse, for they view the body as a shell, a cocoon, a container of the spirit eternal.  Fittingly, the ashes of Mahatma, “Great Soul,” were…
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Time for Time

When I was crafting a sense of time for Love Thief, the Legend of Ixmal the Healer, I drew from the classic Maya (600-900AD), who viewed science and religion as the same. In their observatories, the h…
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Varanasi, Death in Life

Varanasi, Death in Life Strip a soul clean.  Run the cut deep.  Let that wound bleed. Death sets one free. Especially in the Ganges.   Back in my salad days, I used to drive a cab at night in S…
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Slums, More than Meets the Eye

Years ago as a cab driver in San Francisco, I picked up a slick fellow in a shiny suit and platform shoes.  He was on his way to a place called “Dance Your Ass Off.”  As we rode downtown, he ate…
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That Which Is Not

It’s interesting how karma works.  I came to India for many reasons.  I had just finished a big project and felt empty inside, not empty as in “soulless,” but depleted.  I had given my all to…
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Marriage in India

Open up a daily edition of the “hindustan times,” and you’ll find among the classifieds a rather extensive matrimonial section:  Under “Brides wanted” and “Grooms wanted” lay  colorful…
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In March of 2018, Denise and Dave experienced the magic of India, starting in Delhi and ending in Mumbai.  Here are some impressions we have brought back, along with some of the 1,300 photos, taken b…
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