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“I’m Going to China to Get Out of China”

or: How an NYU Fellowship Changed My Life or: Why I am Becoming a Software Engineer I had a great job and was living in New York City. My lack … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

Great Places to go in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is an amazing mélange of spirituality, hedonism, beauty, filth, deep history and roaring modernity: a place that can enchant or repulse. It is a place that may be … Continue reading

December 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site in India You’ve Never Heard Of

Hampi, a small village located in the state of Karnataka in southern India, lies on the southern shore of the Tungabhadra River amidst the sprawling ruins of Vijayanagara, the crown … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Published in WATERKEEPER Magazine!

The Summer 2013 edition of WATERKEEPER Magazine was just published (online + hard-copy) and includes two feature articles I wrote and took photographs for. The first is about coal pollution … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Other Side of the Taj Mahal

Hundreds of thousands of tourists flood into the city of Agra every year to see the gleaming marble face of the Taj Mahal, a site immaculately kept since its completion … Continue reading

May 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Riding the Most Lethal Highway in the World

The N2, or Sylhet-Dhaka Highway, has been named one of the most ‘lethal’ roadways in the world. It’s a good thing I read that after surviving it. I rode its … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Warriors of Qiugang

In the province of Anhui, we were taken to the village featured in The Warriors of Qiu Gang, a documentary film that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · Leave a comment