Kerala Chronicles

Months in the planning, Kerala was a dream escape with Sujit after the end of my fellowship in March. We met with Christian, Taheera, and her Canadian friend in Fort Kochi, and then parted ways to explore different corners of the state.  Kerala is a tropical state tucked in the very southwest of India, lauded …

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Diu

On the far-flung Western edge of India lies Diu, a sleepy island gateway to the Arabian Sea. In the extreme South-West of Gujarat, Diu was one of the first points of Western contact with the Indian continent. In its heyday in the 1500s, Diu boasted enough strategic and trade importance  that the Portuguese, Mughals, Ottomans, …

Next Steps

It’s a Wrap! Once upon a time in July, I stumbled sweaty and confused into the AKRSP(I) head office with 2 giant suitcases and a serious case of heat stroke. I can’t believe 8 months is up, but March 14th marked my last official day of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s Fellowship program. What in …

Mandu

A small village tucked among massive Afghan ruins on a plateau in Madhya Pradesh, Mandu is a peaceful and underappreciated ancient city. Once the capital of Dilawar Khan’s kingdom, Mandu is sprawls a modest 20 km radius upon hillside ridges, housing World Heritage mosques, tombs, and palaces among wheat fields and kitchen gardens. As a …

North Goa

For my first Christmas away from my family I escaped to India’s famous sandy beaches in Goa with some old Canadian pals. Flying in from as far away as Toronto, Dhaka, and Dushanbe, we had a make-shift holiday celebration of our own. Once famous for insane EDM/trance beach parties, Goa still manages to pull up …

Ahmedabad Part I

Amdavad. The home place of Gandhi’s Ashram, and also anti-Muslim riots in 2002. A BJP conservative stronghold, and the home province of PM Narendra Modi. An economic heartland with impossibly well-connected highways. Despite being in a city bursting with festivals, there’s nothing to do in Ahmedabad but eat. I’m not entirely complaining… Much like Singapore, …