In 3 weeks, I visited India’s Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) and the colorful cities of Rajasthan (Ajmer, Pushkar, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer), as well as Uttar Pradesh and Kerala. India was overwhelming, visceral, intense, a cacophony of sounds and smells, a spectacle full of strange sights and unusual juxtapositions, an experience like no other. Rajasthan was utterly beautiful with its rich history, Indo-Islamic architecture, romantic havelis, labyrinthic alleys, and deftly spiced cuisine. Varanasi was a photographer’s dream, an endless frenetic swirl of color and commotion: Sadhus offering prayers for passersby, holy cows strolling the streets, locals doing their laundry, pilgrims bathing in the river, children playing cricket a few feet away from where the dead are being cremated…Taking a boat ride on the Ganges and watching the Ganga Aarti ritual and incredible tapestry of everyday life unfolding on the ghats was simply mesmerizing.