Agra-phobia

Juggling her bags and children, a woman slips on her pink silk sari and  falls out of a moving  train, her infant flying from her arms.   A stone-throwing mob gathers  in the street to watch policemen play judge, jury and executioner .   A wiry holy man in a loin cloth, filthy dreadlocks and … Continue reading

The Borobudur and Bromo Debacle, Java

The first stop on the jaunt around Java was it’s most famous temple,  Borobudur.   It’s the largest Buddhist temple in the world, and has been on my “to see” list for ages.  This monument has survived centuries of  abandonment under volcanic ash and jungle growth, and even a series of terrorist attacks.   Whether it … Continue reading