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Cracking open the world

“I felt so fortunate that this story fell into my lap. As a writer, how often does that happen?” says Thomas K. Shor. In Sikkim, Shor was introduced to an elderly Bhutanese woman whose story would, he was told, make him question his sense of reality. In 1962 she had left her land and everything … Continue reading

Tibetans assert identity with cross-border protest

A movement that outsmarts Chinese authorities by promoting Tibetan culture has crossed the Himalayas and is gathering strength in India Many people visit Dharamshala to get an experience of Tibetan culture, which has been under severe strain since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in the 1950s. For decades, exiled Tibetans have gone to great lengths … Continue reading

Photo exhibition: Glimpses of Tibet, 1914-2010

8-12 March: Photo exhibition Glimpses of Tibet, 1914-2010. Photographs by Dundul Namgyal Tsarong, Alexandra David-Neel, Lobsang Samten Taklha, and recent visitors to Tibet. The exhibition covers three periods: 1914-57, the delegation to Tibet in 1979 led by Lobsang Samten Taklha, the elder brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Tibet from 2000 to 2010. … Continue reading

Losar – Tibetan New Year

Losar or the New Year festival was a quieter affair than usual in Dharamshala in 2012. Missing was the  general exuberance. If there was any celebration, it was not public. Tibetans, urged by their Prime Minister, welcomed this Water Dragon year with prayers for those who have died in Tibet since March 2011 protesting Chinese … Continue reading

The Kangra Valley Railway

Running 163 kilometres from Pathankot in Punjab to Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh, the Kangra Valley Railway is one of the last of its kind: a narrow gauge railway in original working condition that still serves a local community. In other parts of the world, these railways have either been torn up or turned into tourist … Continue reading

Exhibition – ma yellow diamond

Malé, the capital of the Maldives, is very different from the tourist brochure image of the Indian Ocean archipelago. The densely populated city has an intensely human landscape, with walls painted in stripes and patches of bright colour, and words and signs scratched seemingly at random into the surfaces. The colours may be applied in … Continue reading

Tibetans protest

On 23 and 24 January 2012, and again on the 26th, Chinese security forces responded to protests by Tibetans in Kham, now part of Sichuan province, by firing into the crowds, leaving at least three dead and injuring at least 30. Tibetan refugees in India protested the violence by holding candlelight vigils in Dharamshala, holding … Continue reading

Snow white

Mcleodganj has been receiving snow since early Saturday morning. With no power and little communication, life has become hard. More snow is expected in the coming days. Ashwini has been photographing every day finding hotels with generators to keep his laptop/camera batteries charged.

The wonderful world of McLeodganj

Whether you’re after phosphorescent cakes, a bulk order of Maggi noodles, monkeys walking the high wire, a porter, a prayer flag, a quick chant over a butter lamp, a climb of a mountain or a cup of chai, you know it’s never more than ten minutes away in McLeodganj. All this, and so much more. … Continue reading

Lunar Eclipse, 10 December 2011, Dharamshala, 7:40PM IST