Category Archives: India

Ardor, Red Dye, Foreign Girls. India, 1982.


An ongoing and occasional series on a 3-month trip I took to India in 1982. I was 25, and traveled by train across the country alone, writing an article on the then-unknown Indian film industry and combating the anxieties of youth and solo travel. Often includes references to what I wore. You can find the […]

Movie Stars, Marble, A Sitar Player. India, 1982.


An ongoing and occasional series on a 3-month trip I took to India in 1982. I was 25, and traveled by train across the country alone, writing an article on the then-unknown Indian film industry and combating the anxieties of youth and solo travel. Often includes references to what I wore. You can find the […]

And Stately Boulevards Precede Us. India, 1982


An ongoing and occasional series on a 3-month trip I took to India in 1982. I was 25, and traveled by train across the country alone, writing an article on the then-unknown Indian film industry and combating the anxieties of youth and solo travel. Often includes references to what I wore. You can find the […]

Rajasthan, Weddings, Measurements. India, 1982.


An ongoing and occasional series on a 3-month trip I took to India in 1982. I was 25, and traveled by train across the country alone, writing an article on the then-unknown Indian film industry and combating the anxieties of youth and solo travel. Often includes references to what I wore. You can find the […]

Udaipur, Egrets, Trains. India, 1982


28 years ago I spent 3 months alone in India, writing an article on their film industry and being 25. I am posting the stories here once or twice every other week. For previous excerpts from this trip, start here. Then here. Then here. Or use the terribly helpful labels and click on “India.” Time […]

A Luxury Coach To Ajanta And Ellora, India, 1982


The fountains weren’t running at the Ajanta Ambassador. I don’t blame them one bit, in retrospect. I planned to spend an entire three months in India. And I mean PLANNED. It was that or waste a lot of effort on going to a faraway foreign country just to sit in hotel rooms with bad sheets, […]

Telephones, Addresses, Movies. India, 1982


Stories start here I woke up in a strange country. This should not have surprised me. But strange, by nature, is always a surprise. I was overwhelmed with anxiety that morning. But so what? I was always anxious, in those days. In my 20′s. I was anxious, as usual, sitting on a bed in the […]

Finding Oneself In India, 1982


I turned 25 in September of 1981. In February of 1982, I took a 3 month trip to India. My ostensible motive for the trip? Adventure. 25 year olds need no more than that. I hoped to start a joint degree at Columbia University’s Graduate Schools of Business and Journalism in the summer of 1982. […]

The 21st Century Grand Tour, In Which Freud And Jung Come Along.


King’s College Rare Book Collection High WASPs like to travel. My mother, one afternoon, put down the New York Times’ travel section, sighed, shook her head, and said, “I don’t need to read this. I’ll never see Finland again.” My father is prone to private safari-type expeditions, to Africa, to Vietnam, and the British Virgin […]

Slumdog Millionaire


The Oscars are tonight. I went to see Slumdog Millionaire yesterday. And I loved it. 27 years ago I traveled alone in India for three months, writing a speculative freelance article on India‚Äôs film industry. In 1981 almost no one in the West knew anything about Bollywood. I was also going to India as many […]