Tenjewberrymuds

I had an unbelievably similar dialogue from my hotel room in Siliguri the other day (minus the crisp bacon). The following is a telephone…

Swastika: Symbol of Peace

Swastika: Symbol of Peace

It is everywhere, this ancient sign of Hindu and Buddhist law. “Swasti” is Sanskrit for well-being, and the angular, clockwise-spinning arms are an auspicious…

Kalimpong: The Road to Lhasa

Kalimpong: The Road to Lhasa

“Buddhism is very simple,” said Ola Bantha, as he stood over our table in his dimly lit Road to Lhasa restaurant. “Nothing is permanent….

Bhutan: Forbidden Border

Bhutan: Forbidden Border

I read somewhere, several years ago, when Bhutan was an unimaginably far-away fairyland (instead of an unimaginably close fairyland), that Bhutan’s King had some…