The many faces of India: A street in Mamallapuram in Southern India, 2008

The heart loves what it loves, and mine keeps coming back to India. So how grateful I am that after four years I am returning again.

I could try to explain my attraction but that seems unnecessary given the land’s long history of beguiling, enchanting and mystifying its guests. This quote by Apollonius of Tyana dates back before the Common Era and yet it could have been written by any of us today: “In India, I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth, but not adhering to it, inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything, but possessed by nothing.”

This trip we are spending all our time in the South. Our intention is to veer, explore and wander as far from beaten paths as we can.

I will be back here after March 27th.

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