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, 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 activity: 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 (in the evening) and incredible tapestry of everyday life unfolding on the ghats (at sunrise) was simply mesmerizing.