Sentinels in the Sands

From Mahabalipuram, India – Dispatch 1 of 3   I watched the waves lashing adamantly on the rocks, the hushing foam sweeping the sands. I stood by the Shore Temple, an ancient structure lost in time. An hour’s palm-fringed drive along the road from Chennai in South India sprawls this once-flourishing sea-port…

The Many in the One

From Ellora Caves, India   “Tell  me  something,” I asked our guide at the  end  of  the tour of the Ellora Caves. “How did three distinct faiths coexist here as one?” He thought a while. “The  Ellora Caves are carved in along a gigantic  crescent – just like the moon much past its fulness” …

Sanctuary of the Gods

From Ellora Caves, India We were more than 15 miles away from the colorful township of Aurangabad and 250 miles from the bustle of Mumbai. Our creaky Jeep headed for the renowned Ellora Caves was groaning through a winding ascent. “Here are 34 caves carved out in a crescent curve on the…