India

"Dorothy, we're not in Kansas anymore." We arrived in Delhi around midnight in the heart of monsoon season. The humidity was heavy, the heat stifling, and horns were honking. People lined the streets. From the moment we stepped out of the arrivals section of the airport,...

During the late summer India: Gender and Religion program, participants visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Here, two participants reflect on their experiences pitching in on the temple's daily tasks....

On the day of my arrival in India, Christophe picked me up at the airport. As I walked out and felt the stickiness in the air, I knew something untamed and wild would be coming. I just didn't know when. We rode the metro all...

It’s hard to capture what New Delhi was like for us as newcomers to a country, continent, and culture so different (yet so similar in many ways) from our own. The first few days seemed like whirlwind (without a lot of wind) of heat, excitement,...

Travelling as a Westerner means encountering complex issues of power and privilege daily, carrying coded wealth and imperialism everywhere you go. Ethical choices are not always easy to spot, especially when navigating across cultures. For me, participating in a trip through Operation Groundswell meant embracing...

I don't know where my love for cows came from, but it's a very serious love and at times comical. Cows and India have always gone hand in hand; their sacred status in India seems to resonate with my love for them, and had a...

As you begin reading this, take a moment - pick up a map of the world - find Tibet. Chances are, you will not be able to find it. In fact, a week ago, I wouldn't have been able to tell you where Tibet was either....

This past summer, our India: Gender & Religion teams had the opportunity to see the self-sustaining monastery at Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute in the Kangra valley near Dharamsala, northern India. Officially inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama back in 2005 and fully funded by...

In the middle of the night, we woke up to the most surreal desert lightning storm, filling the sky. We fell back to sleep, only to wake up to everyone yelling "TARP!"...

It will take time, but once you learn to let go, you will find yourself woven into the tapestry of India; one of over a billion other individual strands, each beautiful, colourful and complex in their own unique way....