After dropping my laptop on the ground twice today, it seemed like a good idea to get all this stuff saved online somewhere. Here are some photos from Dussehra last year, a festival that’s going on now:Read more

Swami Vivekananda in America

Tata (grandpa) chilling in his man cave, reading one of his many books. If you ask him about Swami Vivekananda or Ramakrishna he will tell you the most detailed stories about their lives. Not sure if I have any photos of it, but his room is filled with books and cassettes and I think evenRead more

The Summer Day

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else shouldRead more


There was a special type of firework that had paper money inside. Whoever picked up the most bills won. Tata counting money. There was an awards ceremony afterwards.Read more

What am I doing here?

Before coming here, I wrote down all my goals for this trip on an index card and in a document called “LIFE.” Here’s a summary: Collect photographs, recipes, and oral histories from family members Get involved in research on the medicinal value of local plants Teach local students through hands-on science projects Become conversational inRead more

Hello + My Cousin’s Wedding

Since I never ended up editing that last post or sending it to anyone, I guess this serves as an official hello and sorry for not keeping everyone updated on what I’ve been up to. It’s been an insane month and I have so much to catch up on. There have been moments where IRead more

So if I go to “blog” I can see you?

A lot of you asked me before I left for India about the best way to keep in touch, and I figured that a blog would be a good way to keep everyone updated, especially for my mom and others like her who might not have Facebook (hi Ma!). I also thought that it wouldRead more