Category Archives: Asia Travel

Diner en Blanc: Parisian Pop-up Picnickining en Masse

It’s the afternoon rush hour in New York City. Most people are heading home. Thirty-two hundred others have made Superman-style changes into all-white outfits at their office building restrooms or the gym to attend Diner en Blanc (White Dinner), an elegant Parisian pop-up picnic held at a secret city location.

Coming Out Muslim: The Door to a Conversation

“Success is them [my parents] knowing I’m not who they wanted and I am still invited home,” shares Wazina Zondon, one of two principal storysharers of Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love, a performance piece about people being at the intersections of Islam and querness

Modern Monsoon Wedding Guest: A How-To

By Carey Reed Zamarriego So, you’ve been invited to a traditional Indian Hindu wedding. You are in for a treat, and also some work. What is rarely witnessed at these elaborate celebrations is all the effort, energy, and preparation that go into orchestrating the 3+ days of events, which marry colorful fabrics, robust, rich food […]
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Salseek: Dance India Dance

  By Carey Reed Zamarriego Although known more for Bollywood films and the popular dance form those movies have spawned, India has a healthy, thriving salsa scene. Follow the link to my article about the exciting fusions of Latin American and Indian styles happening on the dance floor and the upcoming India Fiesta Latina. Find out […]
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Mehndiquette: India

By Carey Reed Zamarriego Three hours have passed. The bride-to-be remains seated, her arms and feet are outstretched as four women continue to render an intricate design in henna paste on her limbs. Her backside is numb and she is noticeably uncomfortable. In response to her groans of discomfort, her aunts fireback: “beauty is pain.” […]
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India in Flight

By Carey Reed Zamarriego “Here you go,” my future sister-in-law said at the airport check-in counter in Delhi. I brushed away the carry-on baggage tag she was handing me: “No thanks, I won’t be needing that.” “No, you’ll NEED this,” she insisted in a stronger tone. I’ve never used carry-on bag tags. I guess I […]
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