Category: India

Kerala Houseboat

By Boat Through the Backwaters

The southern Indian state of Kerala is filled with “backwaters,” hidden canals and streams that villagers use for fishing, farming, and transportation. Half of the year the backwaters contain fresh water and the other half salt water. During …

Jew Town, Kochi, Kerala, India

Losing My Religion (in India)

Kerala in April was a furnace of diabolical proportions, the air a humid stew. The locals wouldn’t stop telling us each day how unusually warm it was. (Yes, we’d noticed.) If Kerala truly is “God’s Own Country” as the state …

Dancing Shiva

Trying Out The Tabla in Kochi

One of the things that I have been paying particular attention to as we travel to different countries are the different instruments and musical styles that we hear.  In Thailand, I got to try a salaw, which is …