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Lotus and the Universe

O Allah, hear those who call: the refugees, the small, and those who cannot speak. Hear them and help with blessings from above; and for me…….give me love1. As the first rays of light break through the thick mist covering the ground, slowly and gracefully, Borobudur temple comes into the view. I close my eyes,
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People of the Earth: San

The First People Deeply rooted in their nomadic culture and in symbiotic relationship with animals and plants, San are the original inhabitants of South Africa, aboriginal to sub-Saharan Africa. Their unique hunter-gatherer culture stretches back over 20,000 years. San known also as ‘Bushman’ or ‘Basarwa’  genetic origins reach back to over one million years, revealing the
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In the color of the earth and blood

Colour of earth and blood Stark and rugged in her beauty, an intricate mosaic of empty canyons and dry riverbeds, stretching from desolate Skeleton Coast to arid landscapes of Kokoland and towering dunes of an ancient Susuvlei desert. Namibia, home to many religions, languages and cultures, which have found a way to thrive in this
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Roads less traveled

Having just finished project in Tanzania, together with Jo, my NGO partner, we have decided to head out for our first African Safari. After a quick stop to repack our gear, we were on the local buss heading toward our next adventure: Ruaha……… “Ruaha ?…., where is Ruaha and do they have elephants?” I asked Jo, squeezing myself
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Deadvlei, point of no return

If you come to me at this moment Your minutes will become hours Your hours will become days And your days will become a lifetime….. Nestled in the largest conservation area in Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park, lays the Sossusvlei, an ephemeral, white, salt and clay pan surrounded by striking red dunes. Sossusvlei dunes are some of the
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Finding Africa I

Ponte City Designed to provide luxury and comfort to its residents in 1970’s Johannesburg, Ponte Tower, the tallest residential building in the southern hemisphere, was the crème de la crème of living. With the end of racial segregation came the end of Ponte. Abandoned by its residents, building was hijacked by drug dealers, gangsters, pimps
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Long Walk to Freedom …..the rise and fall of apartheid

Race Classification  Racial classification was the foundation of all apartheid laws. It placed individuals in one of four groups: ‘native’, ‘coloured’, ‘Asian’ or ‘white’. In order to illustrate the everyday reality, visitors to the museum are arbitrarily classified as either white or non-white. Once classified, visitors are permitted entry to the museum only through the
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Devil’s Gold – sulfur mines at Kawah Ijen, Indonesia

Hell-On-Earth The extreme natural beauty of the turquoise coloured crater lake, and the surrealistic mine-site, is almost too much to bare.  At 36 million cubic meters of acid and  depth of 760 feet, Kawah Ijen is the largest acid lake on Earth, at the edge of the lake, the pH of the water is 0.5 – about the
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Fading Nostalgia of a Polaroid Picture

The Polaroid: Imperfect, Yet Magical Hold….. hold for a bit more…….. done. It’s a single click followed by a whir and few seconds later, a print with a negative attached on the back is expelled out of camera.  Everyone gathers around with an unparalleled excitement around small, white square, I wave it the air for a bit, slowly we
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The Sea of Temples

“Beauty is meaningless until it is shared.” ― George Orwell, Burmese Days Empire of 10,000 pagodas Bagan was founded in the second century, over the course of 250 years, Bagan’s rulers and their wealthy subjects constructed over 10,000 religious monuments (approximately 1000 stupas, 10,000 small temples and 3000 monasteries) in an area of 104 square kilometers in the Bagan
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Welcome to the Jungle – trekking across Siberut

After getting on the island we decided to have bit of fun while our provisions were  being secured by the guide…

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Coffee with a Shaman- a journey through the jungles of Siberut

The Mentawai are an ancient tribe that for thousands of years has lived on Siberut Island. Siberut is an isolated jungle island lying some sixty miles west of Padang, Indonesia.

With Indonesian independence in 1950, an aggressive government campaign was launched to modernize the Mentawaians of Siberut. Traditional cultural practices such as tattooing, tooth filing, and the wearing of loincloths were forbidden because they were considered “pagan” and “savage”.

In the 1990s, cultural oppression against the Mentawai took on more brutal forms of forced relocation from jungle villages to resettlement sites in government-created villages. Mentawai religion (shamanism) was outlawed, and police stripped practicing shamans (sikerei) of their medicine bundles, sacred objects, loincloths, and their long hair…

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