Category: Travel

“Ahlan Wa Salan (I Welcome You)”

“You can tell a man’s nationality in this part of the world by the color and design of their kufiya,” said the man seated in 6A. “???” “We Jordanians prefer the red and white. Palestinians like theirs with black and white checkers. The Emiratis like white,” he remarked. “I thought you would like to know.” […]

Why We Travel

Despite its countless wonders and beautiful cities, India has been, without question, the most challenging country I have traveled through. Where do I begin? The attempts for my belongings, near-death traffic incidents, room break-ins, tourist scams and rip-offs… not to mention the inescapable poverty, heart-breaking hunger, and class discrimination that afflicts so many in this […]

Crown of Palaces

So I read that Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in memory of his favorite wife. With this in mind, I stood before the monument not in awe, but in jealousy. To have been inspired by someone to build such beauty – it  is the kind of love we wish to experience.

Stuck in Traffic

The traffic did not move for 40 minutes. It was clear that continuing to wait in my car would be pointless, so I pulled over my beat-up Tata rental into an empty spot between two street-side soda vendors. To be completely transparent, it wasn’t a parking job per se. It was more like driving up on the sidewalk […]

A Cup of Chai

The man was on the ground. It was a messy sight: blood and dirt had coagulated all over his face. Spittle and flesh raced down his left cheek. Twenty meters down the road was the rickshaw driver who minutes earlier had run over the man on the ground. The crash left his vehicle’s front wheel bent […]

Planet of the Apes

If you ever find yourself driving through the mountains of northern India, a word of advice: keep your windows closed. The monkeys are quite fond of jumping into cars and riding shotgun. I learned this the hard way.