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Pray for Rain

By / June 2017

In India, writes Robert Smythe, waiting for monsoon season is an exercise in hope and fear: “There is a third reason why Indians pray for rain, a reason that I might crudely describe as the unifying thrill of monsoon season.”

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Better than Varanasi

By / December 2015

In northern India, a meal made over a dunghill fire turns a detour into an arrival: “The smell of manure and raw meat mixed in the air. I felt sick, and not only to my stomach. This was the opposite of Varanasi.”

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