A thin man with buck-teeth who had evidently been watching me make my way around the market area asked “How can you put that much food in your body?” I felt guilty for a moment. That first-world guilt when you really do know you’re privileged and you really do know that you’re abusing that privilege. […]
If Tokyo impresses visitors with its futuristic look, Kyoto is actually the historical and cultural centre of Japan. Surrounded on three sides by wooded hills and mountains, bisected by the Kamo River, the city occupies an exceptional site. With its unique geography comes a unique history! The ancient capital of Japan – from 794 until […]
Beautiful Madame Sylvie felt her lungs tighten and her throat burn. Her grey and wrinkled mother looked at her and asked if she was Ok. “No,” she answered. Then her eyes bulged and she gasped for breath. There was none to be had. She collapsed into her breakfast of fried egg and boiled plantain. A […]
Panaji is a sweet little town strung out along the southern bank of the Mandovi River just above its outlet to the Arabian Sea. It’s friendly for a state capital and very manageable for visitors. The Portuguese-era colonial charms are apparent in the colorful blue, purple and yellow buildings, the small, balcony gardens and the […]
Further up into the swampy delta of the Mandovi River, in the foothills to the southeast of Panaji, lie several organic farms and some spice plantations that claim an ecological focus. A patient young man of thirty years took me there in his cramped white car. That was Meghnath. I met him on the street just […]
Ok. Ok. I’ve gotten way many requests the past few months for a particular recipe. Fine food is not something to remain hidden. So here is, more or less, how I make my home-made green chile chicken posole. It’ s not totally my recipe. I modified it based on a meal cooked for me several […]
Pictures from Ethiopia’s Omo Valley by award-winning photographer Joey L. A massive hydro-electric dam, Gibe III, is under construction on the Omo. When completed it will destroy a fragile environment and the livelihoods of the tribes, which are closely linked to the river and its annual flood. GO SEE THE PHOTOS and help if you can.
Last week, New York’s Metropolitan Museum announced that it will return 19 objects from King Tut’s tomb to Egypt – 19 small bits and fragments. The Met has been quick to toot its own horn, saying the return of these objects was voluntary and that they were under no legal obligation to do anything. But […]