Friday photo: Faith

My prayer, always… God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr This photograph from a visit to Mcleodganj a few years ago – I just finished reading ‘Sky Train’ a book about Tibetan women…

Memories of Mcleodganj

The streets of Mcleodganj, where the smells of a fresh batch of momos just being opened mix with the sharp twang of longing and nostalgia of the residents… Where faith finds many, many, many expressions… And dusty, crowded, hot Dharamshala, down in the plains – and home to the Norbulingka Institute – a testament to…

Longing, belonging

The Tibetan community has been in Mcleodganj for close to five decades now, but the nostalgia for home and country is evident on the faces of Tibetans I see on the streets. Despite the trappings of modern life – cellphone, internet, fast food – that the community seems to have adopted, what stands out is…

Journey to Little Lhasa

It is 50 years since the Dalai Lama came to India – this is a photoessay that appeared in Sunday Mid-Day (April 05) on my trip to Mcleodganj… It is really early in the morning and still dark when we set out for a walk. There is a whiff in the air, not the smell…

Lost on the way from Lhasa

My piece on Mcleodganj appeared in Mint Lounge last weekend. You can read it on the mint website (if that makes any difference)… The Tibetan book of living, in pdf form here… And for those too weary to click, read on here… *** On any quiet morning, the reverberations of “Om mani padme hum” seem…