Farewell to India

A sunrise at Kabini River Lodge. (Photo: Diana Lopez)

By Krysten Massa
Thursday, June 11–Our last day in India began at 5:30 a.m. with a knock at our door, but we were already awake. Continue reading

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A date with India’s wildlife

An alpha elephant gets close to our vehicle at Nagarahole National Park. (Photo: Diana Lopez)

Wednesday, June 10—After a quick coffee stop at the McDonald’s that happened to be across the road from our hotel in Mysore—most of us couldn’t tolerate more Indian food for breakfast at this point—we drove to Kabini River Lodge, a … Continue reading

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Check “camel ride” off the bucket list

Alicia Bermudez and Diana Lopez enjoy a camel ride. (Photo: Rick Ricioppo)

Tuesday, June 9–We woke up early to pack enough clothes for a two-day jaunt, store our excess baggage and make our way to Mysore, another city in Karnataka, about 90 miles from Bangalore. We stopped at two places as we went. … Continue reading

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Visiting Radio Active

Shilok Gowda (Photo: Krysten Massa)

Monday, June 8–Accompanying Kryssy on her visit to Radio Active, a local radio station, was of particular interest to me because of my work with Stony Brook’s WUSB “News at Noon” show. I wanted to take a peek into college … Continue reading

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Shanti Bhavan Residential School


Sunday, June 1–We had the honor of attending the graduation ceremony at Shanti Bhavan Residential School in the countryside east of Bangalore. The protagonists of this day were the kids, raised since age 3 inside the caring campus founded by … Continue reading

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Bannerghatta National Park

Brotherly love among the lions at Bannerghatta National Park in Bangalore (Photo: Vandana Rambaran)

By Vandana Rambaran
Saturday, June 6–On yet another bright and sunny morning in Bangalore, the day of our highly anticipated trip to Bannerghatta National Park, the team gathered in the hotel lobby to wait for our favorite driver, Ganga. Continue reading

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A peek inside Karnataka’s state government

The interiors of the Vidhana Soudha's many domes are beautifully painted. The Vidhana Soudha houses the legislature of the state of Karnataka. (Photo: Diana Lopez)

By Diana Lopez
Thursday, June 5—Today marks one week since we arrived in this metropolitan city, and although so far we have managed to visit an impressively large number of places, we are not about to slow down now. Continue reading

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