Where Torah and Taxidermy Come Alive

Torah and taxidermy don’t usually flock together, but at New York City’s quirky — and award-winning — Torah Animal World museum, a stuffed zoo comes alive. Located in the heavily Orthodox neighborhood of Borough Park, Brooklyn, Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch’s … Continued

Scavenging Old Dhaka for the Present Past

It’s hard to imagine much ever changes in Dhaka’s crowded, frenetic old city. Rickshaws still clog its arteries. Soot spilling trucks narrowly squeeze through the scrum. Men wearing plaid headscarves plod the streets while women in saris glowing orange, lime … Continued

Buddha’s Golden Rock

In Southern Burma, a gilded rock hangs precariously on the edge of a mountaintop, suspended by a single hair of the Buddha. The sun shimmers on its glowing face while pilgrims meditate and paste gold leaf at its foot. According … Continued

Broke Down Palace, well Bangladeshi Ricksaw

There’s no time for a breakdown in Old Dhaka, whose narrow roads are framed by crumbling buildings and offer little wiggle room for a disabled rickshaw, let alone car. Despite this, Old Dhaka’s abuzz with commerce and people haggling in … Continued

The Merchant(s) of Savar

Shops and street vendors line the streets of this bustling city, an hour away from Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital. Some have established stands built into buildings, almost like a take out stand in the US. Others spread a blanket on … Continued

Perfection to a Tea

A photo of the fileds in Srimangal, Bangladesh at the Bangladesh Tea Research Institue.  

Tasty Tea Country Treats

Sun baked villages blend into tea plantations like the rows of crowded tea-trees striped through the Bangladeshi countryside. At the end of a dusty road, just before a three-way Y intersection sits a small shack with bolts of light crackling … Continued

The Road to Bangladeshi Tea Country

Tea in south Asia is serious business. Everyone know’s India’s Darjeeling teas, but Srimangal? Across the border in north eastern Bangladesh, Srimangal is a dusty town surrounded by rolling fields and tea plantations that produce some of the worlds most delicious … Continued

George Orwell’s Home Town: Mawlamyine, Myanmar

George Orwell gets a bad wrap in Myanmar. His book: Burmese Days is banned by the government due to its unapologetically candid descriptions of the Burmese bureaucracy under British rule (can you say sloth?). Before Myanmar’s political thaw began, possession of the book … Continued

Another Brick in the Bangladeshi Wall: Part 2

An estimated 15 billion bricks are produced in Bangladesh each year by an industry that employs nearly 2,000,000 workers during the peak season and 800,000 during the off-season. At the nearly 1,200 brick kilns surrounding Dhaka, workers often live in … Continued