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  • Kerala and the last Days of "Heading East"
    Kerala and the last Days of “Heading East”
    I left my hometown in northern Germany on a Monday morning in April, just before sunrise. A year and more than 50,000 kilometers later, with no longer fresh looking clothes, scuffed boots, some scratches and a dusty face, I arrived in Mumbai, the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It was a Sunday evening long after sunset....
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  • The Tropical South of India
    The Tropical South of India
    What I might have missed out on exciting jungle safaris in Dandeli, was more than offset by an adventurous motorcycle ride through the jungle. I was initially of the opinion to follow a generally used road through the forest. But the more my current position deviated from the original GPS track, the more "interesting" became the ride through the jungle....
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  • Kolkata & Varanasi
    Kolkata & Varanasi
    I don't know when I first heard of Kolkata, but as long as I can remember, I always inevitably associated the name of the city with the name "Mother Teresa". Thus it should not surprise that my visit to the home of 15 million people was primarily dedicated to the life-work of this woman. I wanted to know, see and experience what this little woman had built with the simple strength of her faith....
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  • The Taj Mahal, Rajasthan and Gujarat
    The Taj Mahal, Rajasthan and Gujarat
    The story of the Taj Mahal is also the story of great love, it is the story of a shattered family, the story of inconsolable grief and a story about power and influence. Rabindranath Tagore described the gem as "a teardrop on the cheek of Eternity", Rudyard Kipling as "the embodiment of all things pure", while its creator, Emperor Schah Jahan, said it made "the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes"...
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  • India - Incredible India
    India – Incredible India
    India is incredible in many ways: Incredibly colorful and beautiful but at the same time so incredibly chaotic, dirty and noisy. Incredibly rich in culture and history, and yet so incredible poor, strange and different from the Western world...
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