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Train to Mysore...a stop at the historic town of Srirangapatna where Haider Ali and later his son, Tippu Sultan, fought the British so valiantly...

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This cut out of an Ambassador taxi, an iconic part of everyday Kolkata even today, reflects the Durga Pooja fever that has gripped West Bengal, Gujarat and certain other parts of the country. Durga is a fierce destroyer of evil, and a manifestation of Parvathi, the consort of Siva, the Supreme Deity for more than half of all Hindus (Vaishnavas comprise most of the rest- they believe in Vishnu as the supreme).

Niece and bride Apurva being led by her younger sister Dr. Padmini to the pre-wedding ritual of welcoming and garlanding husband-to-be...outside the wedding hall.

The Seven Sisters of North Eastern India. Got to visit them someday. (Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh,Tripura) ... the seven states, in the north eastern part of India...all small...all neglected mostly by the central government...but the region is beautiful in scenery, culturally very strong, and largely unknown to the rest of the country/world...