“Asking for Elephants” Reminds Us to Travel Solo

January 9, 2019

Dove is a bestselling novel by Robin Lee Graham, a non-fiction narrative about sailing solo around the world at 16 years old, starting from San Pedro, California. It ends like a fairytale: he returns home with a wife and a daughter. I read it as part of my middle school curriculum and was so taken … Read More

Spiritual Travel in a Modern World

October 24, 2018

Sayali Goyal is the editor of the travel zine Cocoa and Jasmine. In their recent Himalayan Issue, the team collected their observations after traveling through the Himalayas for a month. Below is a sample from the issue.  Saffron, or  “Kesariya” in Hindi, the golden orange color holds a special place in Hinduism and can be seen … Read More

Travel Diaries: A Memory Project of Holidays in the 90s

November 7, 2017

Living in the north of the country, most of our family holidays used to be in the Himalayas. I remember going to Manali, Shimla, Nainital, Mussorie and Kathmandu with my family in the 90’s. It was a common memory that I’m sure most kids could identify with. Similar photos can be seen in every family’s … Read More

Photo Essay: Home in South India

September 25, 2017

I always look forward to any days I get to spend in India. Growing up I had the fortune of visiting nearly every summer with my family–as I’ve gotten older, the trips have been fewer and further apart, but I cherish them more now than I did when I was younger. I spend my time … Read More

This is Not a Dev Patel Movie

March 19, 2017

A preemptive South Asian diaspora confessional I will go to Mumbai this summer and I will eventually write about it. Presuming all amateur diasporic literature of this era (the stuff of online zines, obscure journals, narcissistic blog posts and, even worse, shitty Instagram poetry) abide by the same semantics, structures and themes, I will attempt … Read More

Waris Is Having A Better Week Than You

September 26, 2016

He’s on a horse, y’all. Waris Ahluwalia, actor, designer, and all-around thirst trap, spent this past week in St. Lucia. And he had a great time, as his Instagram shows. There was a pineapple. He taught us some history. He proved he’s a friend to the animals (feel free to fan yourself). Also, here’s … Read More

The Motherland, Video Diary

March 16, 2016

In February, Sania Noreen Ahmed traveled to Pakistan and documented her trip, the sights and sounds. Set to the haunting “Allah Hoo” by Sain Zahoor, the Motherland is a collection of seconds. Watch her video below.

From The Travel Journal of Aleesha Nandhra

February 27, 2016

When London-based artist Aleesha Nandhra went traveling through the Motherland for the first time, she brought her constant companion, a notebook, along for the ride. From Delhi to Nanded to Amritsar to a smattering of other Punjabi locales, Nandhra copied down what she saw. These are some of the illustrations from her time in India. People, … Read More

A Jain In China

December 14, 2014

  Day One: Whoa. So I had no idea how good I had it being vegetarian in the United States. People told me that living in Shanghai would be relatively easy, since after all it was one of the most international cities in mainland China. But if this night is any indication, it won’t be … Read More