Author: Rachel Rueckert

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Hindu Wedding Ceremony Explained in English: KannadaTraditions

I DIDN’T REALIZE how drastically diverse the matrimonial traditions and rituals are for each state in India when I first set out to research traditional Hindu wedding ceremonies. I learned a bit about Southern Hindu wedding ceremony traditions by narrowing my focus on one specific region, Karnataka. To be even...

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Best Restaurant in Bangalore? Shreedevi Andhra Cuisine

RECENTLY my friend, Rem, came to visit me and Austin in Bangalore. He has three years of experience living in many different parts of India, but he swears the best restaurant he has ever been to in India is Shreedevi, an Andhra restaurant in Indiranagar. There are hundreds of top restaurants...

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Holi in Bangalore: the Festival of Colors

When I threw open the curtains on the morning of March 6, I knew something wasn’t right. It was supposed to be Holi—the famous Festival of Colors where people throw colored chalk at each other in the street without reservations—but everything looked painfully normal. I soon learned Holi is mostly...

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Puja at the Local Hindu Temple

Two days ago I went to a local Hindu temple with my new friend, Chaitra, the owner of the library I frequent in Koramangala, Bangalore. My original intent was to simply interview the Brahman priest about the Hindu marriage ceremony for my project. There were two problems with that assumption:...

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8 of the Best Restaurants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Old City in Chiang Mai has some of the tastiest and most diverse foods in the world. Though we only spent three months in Thailand, I have a pretty good idea of what the options are. It is hard to go wrong in Chiang Mai, but on average eating Thai...