Kathmandu, Before The World Shook – Part 2

Kathmandu’s low-slung buildings weren’t built to withstand the jockeying of a trembling earth. Often constructed of brick and mortar while ignoring already weak building codes, the city’s structures were no match for Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake. News of the Nepali devastation … Continued


Kathmandu, Before the World Shook – Part 1

As Nepal reels under the 7.8-magnitude earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks, I couldn’t help but flashback to the days I spent exploring Kathmandu’s rutted, dusty streets. The pictures of destruction starkly contrast the images I captured of hardscrabble, but thriving … Continued


Up to the mountains Where I’m going To….Kathmandu

Kathmandu and Nepal assume a mythic place in popular culture; between Bob Seeger’s 70s crooning “I’m going to Kathmandu” and as a gateway city to the jagged Himalayan peaks, the city’s a confluence of cultures swirls among its dusty, rutted … Continued


Falmouth’s Not so Foul Mouth

Its name sounds like a naughty school child (but with a hard T at the end). Time-worn cobblestones line the streets of this historic Jamaican port town founded in 1769 and named after the similarly named English town in Cornwall. … Continued


Official Business: Faces of the Rickshaw Yard

Heading to the office seemed to take on new meaning at the Dhakan rickshaw yard. The packed dirt ground was covered in trash and slick with maroon betel nut stains, the Bangladeshi equivalent of chewing tobacco. Animal, children and men wandered around … Continued


Pedal Power: Dhaka’s Rickshaw Runners – Part 2

Rickshaw drivers don’t mess around, but how can they when a diesel spewing bus is barreling down on them? An all too common site in Bangladesh. The rule of the Bangladeshi road: the biggest vehicle wins; cars, motorcycles and especially bicycle rickshaws swerve out … Continued


The Taz Mahal, No It’s Not a Mispelling!

Testy relations know no bounds in South Asia, where India, Pakistan and Bangladesh  pester one another other over myriad issues such as border penetration (from terrorists in Kashmir to Bangladeshis seeking a better life in India) and the neighborhoods geographic … Continued


Desert Smiles, Hold the Dust

I never tire of interesting faces and through exploring and traveling, you encounter countless. Like in Bikaner, where camels trudge through dusty streets hauling loads of bricks and daily necessities. Kids scamper around deserted lots, hitting cricket balls with sticks … Continued


Wedding Glow and A Child’s Storied Eyes

We’re going to try something new this week – and I hope everyone enjoys the changes. (Hint: Click on the first image below after you’re finished reading.) I’m drawn to eyes, and their expressiveness. They harbor secrets or reveal inner … Continued


Holy Rats and other Desert Surprises

Scalding winds burn through the Thar desert, the empty, hostile land of Rajasthan, India’s largest state known as the Land of Kings. It’s a place where Sikh maharajas with handlebar moustaches lived in desert fortresses to defeat raiders and protect … Continued