What I do remember…

 It is a simple test, but a pertinent one after visiting any exhibition – but it was profound after the Kochi-Muziris International Biennale The fact that I remembered anything at all was surprising. I avoid most contemporary art, especially conceptual art, a category for which I have a strong opinion that is hard for me […]

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the Lodhi Garden

It may be the way the air chills softly under great neem trees, cackling with parakeets, or the eagles that swoop calmly over the roses as the sun sets. Bamboos create archways between fields dotted with the crumbling stone of tombs from empires past. The scent of jasmine lifts the air from the smell of […]

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The Portals of Chandni Chowk

According to the Law that goes by many names, including Ganesha, every doorway requires something to be left behind and something new to be accepted. This is the human dilemma, and it is one that is not getting any easier as there are ever more of us in this world, all unsatisfied, desiring progress and […]

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Tropeçando em Paquetá

O negócio é acordar cedo em Paquetá e andar pelo Praia da Moreninha a ler todos os versos, postos em cada árvore. São muitos!                            

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Looking through the Chagall Windows

Properly called the America Windows, they are what everyone in Chicago has called the Chagall Windows for as long as I can remember, and I was born some years before they were installed in the Art Institute of Chicago in 1977. A tribute to a city and a nation from the great Russian-French-Jewish artist and […]

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Domingando em Oswaldo Cruz | Feira das Yabás

Além de domingar, aproveitei minha visita à folclórica Feira das Yabás em Oswaldo Cruz, zona norte do Rio de Janeiro, para conhecer os outros Rios e meditar um pouco naquilo ao redor. Reclamamos tanto desta cidade sem conhecê-la. Há muita cultura e história que podem ser aproveitados para reverter a situação na qual do Rio […]

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Cooking Mexican in India

The games continued, unfolding the birth of a new cuisine, in much the same way our ancestors had done on different continents.

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Sobre outros Rios | Paquetá Island

Descobri que não é à toa que a Ilha de Paquetá é folclórica. Sim, já sei: ficou parada no tempo enquanto os problemas da cidade avançaram, mas descobri que aquilo pode até ter mais vantagens do que desvantagens, recentemente, na ocasião da mudança de amigos íntimos meus para o balneário.

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the 4th of July

Since I do not think there is anything to be gained by believing in mere coincidence, this book cover staring at me from my shelf this morning of the 4th of July was all the more startling. The words of Swami’s intro to the classic Ātmabodha by Śri Śankara reminded me that democracy isn’t just […]

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Congo Baroque | O Congo Barroco

The religious syncretism and the tradition of a culture, the simplicity in the details of the robes, the saturated contrasts of skin with the texture of  vibrant fabrics translated into an authentic aesthetic wealth | Foi o sincretismo religioso e a tradição de uma cultura, a simplicidade nos detalhes das vestes, os contrastes saturados de pele com as texturas dos tecidos pujantes me traduziram uma autêntica riqueza estética.

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