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Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India

Near the Gateway of India on Mumbai’s harbor is the five-star Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. It has hosted world dignitaries and celebrities for over 100 years. A few weeks after our visit in 2008, terrorists conducted 12 attacks around the city, killing 167 people. 31 of them died in this hotel when it was seized […]

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Abandoned Fishing Boats at Low Tide in Port Blair, India

A welcome sign declares Port Blair to be the gateway to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Home to an Indian Navy and Coast Guard base, these islands are in the Andaman Sea and closer to Thailand than India. Near Haddo Wharf, however, was a less impressive fleet. These abandoned fishing boats emerged from the mud […]

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Women in Market in Port Blair, India

Port Blair is on the Andaman Islands off the southeast coast of India. Formerly the site of a British penal colony, the town of about 100,000 is now called “Veritable Garden of Eden” by the tourism department. These multi-generational women are typical of the sights in the local markets wearing sari dresses.

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Woman Entering Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai, India

Mumbai is wall-to-wall people with a population of about 20 million. The atmosphere is crowded and dizzying. But the world’s seventh largest city can also be elegant and beautiful. This woman is wearing a satin saree or sari, an unstitched cloth draped over the body. She is entering the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. When […]

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Man Carrying Large Bag at Chor Bazaar Market in Mumbai, India

The Chor Bazaar in Mumbai, India is a noisy, busy and pungent market that is over 150 years old. Translated to mean “Thieves Market,” it’s a practical outlet for local shoppers and a dazzling novelty for the tourist. This Indian man carries a heavy sack of produce towards his stall.

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Old Beggar with Long Beard in Fort Kochi, India

In Fort Kochi, India, is an array of old British, Portuguese and Dutch buildings. In the background of this picture is St. Francis Church. It was built by the Portuguese in 1503. In the foreground is an old beggar. His long beard was an ancient Indian symbol of dignity and wisdom.

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Chinese Fishing Net Cheena Vala Fisherman in Cochin, India

Cochin, also called Kochi, India is a modern city of two million. However, the best known area for tourism is Fort Kochi. Here you’ll find Chinese fishing nets that started in the 14th century. They consist of a giant cantilever that suspends a large net, lowers it into the sea and then raises it again […]

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Wandering Bull in Port Blair, India

Motor scooters and three-wheelers weave frantically among the streets of Port Blair, India, while trying to avoid the wandering cattle and goats. You learn very quickly that neither man nor beast is aware of pedestrians. The town of about 100,000 is on the Andaman Islands and, during the 19th century, was a British penal colony.

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Women in Market in Port Blair, India

Port Blair is on the Andaman Islands off the southeast coast of India. Formerly the site of a British penal colony, the town of about 100,000 is now called “Veritable Garden of Eden” by the tourism department. These multi-generational women are typical of the sights in the local markets wearing sari dresses.

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Apples and Oranges on Bicycle Cart in Port Blair, India

Street vendors in Port Blair, India, seem to have two things in common. Their business is on wheels like this vendor of apples and oranges who sells from a cart with bicycle tires. They also have attached an umbrella to help shield from the excessive heat that averages from 84 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit year […]