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Connaught Place or “Rajiv Chowk” is a historical center of commerce in the bustling Indian Capital, Delhi.  Composed of Concentric Circles of historical buildings built with a Victorian sensibility that stand as a the residue of India’s British past, though the atmosphere of the place in undeniably Indian.  A nation where a populist unlicensed street vendors and elitist Gucci stores stand face-to-face.  Is uneven progress is better than no progress at all?  Like a party where the early birds get to eat the most….One nation ruled by the almighty  ladder…

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Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and considered by many to be one of the most holy temples of India.  Located along the banks of the Alkananda river in the hilly state of Uttarakhand, it is one of the four major Dhams in India.  The temple is located on the banks of the Alakanada river, which eventually meets the Bhagirathi river to form the river Ganga at Devprayag in Tehri Garwal.  Badrinath temple is open only six months a year – late April through Diwali in early November.  Hundreds of thousands of Indian and Nepal Hindus make a pilgrimage to Badrinath Temple every year to perform the rituals of Pinda and Tarpan, which aid the deceased family members to assist them to cross over to their next rebirth.

Badrinath Temple

View of Barinath Temple from the Side

Mist Creeps Down after Rainfall at Badrinath

Badrinath Temple and the Main Bridge that Crosses the Alakananda River

The New Bridge over the Alkananda River

People Performing Pinda and Tarpan Rituals for their Deceased Parents

Group of People from Cochin, Kerala Performing the Rituals on the West Bank of the Alakananda River

Fourteen Couples from Jhallari, Kanchanpur District, Nepal Performing Communal Rituals for their Deceased Parents

Nepali Dharmshala or Guest House is Located Three Buildings from Badrinath Temple on the Banks of Alakananda River


Origin of Word: Sanskrit

Word Structure: Megh + Alaya

Megh = Cloud

Alaya = Abode

Translation: Abode of the Cloud

Next stop was Meghalaya, a small hilly state in India surrounded by Assam and Bangladesh. An oddity among the states of India, 70% of the population is Christian (A statistics shared with Mizoram and Nagaland). Its capital is a hill station called Shillong. Cherapunji is located in this state. Cherapunji is rainiest place on the planet and receives 463.7 inches of rainfall every year. I visited this odd little corner in the Indian Sub-Continent. The main ethnic group of Meghalaya is the Khasi, a matriarchal group where people adopt the surname of their mother. And they are mostly Christians. In a country where Hinduism is the majority, Meghalaya has a Hindu minority (13%).

The Hills of Cherapunji

The Streets of Shillong

A small settlement on the Highway in Meghalaya

The Hills of Meghalaya

Sleeping by the Clouds

A View of the Nohkalikai Falls

Tourist Looking around in Cherapunji

An Old Man Observing Boropani, a Man Made Lake

Boropani Again

A Man in Shillong

New Jalpaiguri Junction is a railroad junction on the outskirts of Siliguri, the second largest city in the Indian state of West Bengal. I had to catch a train, took pictures of the NJP junction for about an hour and took time familiarizing myself with the monster that is India.

A Bored Bookseller at NJP

On the train tracks stained by feces , I found myself in a wholly different ecosystem. Different from the India envisioned on celluloid, this is the raw flesh of India.

A Sadhu in the State of Oblivion

1.2 billion people inhabit India (1,200,000,000). That is 12 followed by eight zeros. It is a rising economy and already outperformed its former colonial master (The Brits).

Freight Trains at NJP

Thou Shalt not Sleep on Top of the Cargo

New Jalpaiguri

New Jalpaiguri Junction

Public Health Procedures

Anything goes in India

Not Everyone Gets A Piece Of the CakeNot Everyone Gets a Piece of the Cake

A Train Arrives at NJP

A Locomotive Engine

Outskirts of NJP Junction