Bangkok Shutdown on video


Living close to Asok junction, I have been witnessing the Bangkok Shutdown since its beginning, with many friends abroad asking me “how it is”. To share my daily experience of the protests, its blocked streets, street stalls and many concerts, I have visited three protest sites on [...]

The Cochin Melting Pot


With less than 50% Hindus, and as much as 30% Muslims and 20% Christians in addition to minority religions such as Jainism and Buddhism, Kerala is India’s most religiously mixed state, and the best place to notice this may be Cochin, where the different religions display their distinct tokens on [...]

Water palaces in Alleppey


Alleppey, or Alappuzha, town is not noteworthy, and hardly the “Venice of India” that it is sometimes called by people who have never seen Venice. The reason it is so popular is its strategic location in the middle of Kerala’s backwater area, which makes it the main entry point for boat [...]

Kannur Beach: The nothingness of authenticity


Kerala welcomed us quite differently than Goa – with a demonstration. Just like Goa had revealed one of its typical characteristics right at the start, the demonstration was typical for Kerala’s profile as India’s most political state. Having been under communistic ruling for more than 30 [...]

The wonderful Goan bubble


We had just landed and were waiting for our bags, when a simple conversation with a young airport employee already revealed one difference between Goa and the rest of India. “So, you are coming for the festival?” The casual tone of his question was already a bit untypical, I thought. [...]

Warming up in Bombay


Freshly retired and suddenly benefiting from the otherwise rare combination of time and money, my mom had given me the task to organize a family holiday in India, a country that I had visited often enough to act as a tour guide. My favourite state Kerala was set, and I added Bombay for a city [...]

Bye Bye Berlin


On my way back to my current residence Bangkok, reflecting on my past two months in my home city Berlin. Somewhat involuntarily, I should add, with the entertainment program being lousy and my space – which is being reduced further by my neighbor – too limited to sleep. I prefer writing [...]

China Babble


On a quick trip to China, checking out the reality of the world’s manufacturing hub Guangdong. Not having done my homework, I had expected the region’s two main cities Shenzhen and Guangzhou to be only partially developed, subconsciously linking the stereotype of cheap Chinese products to an [...]

Being green – an over length facebook response


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I recently came across this facebook post*, which has been passed on and discussed by thousands of people: Being green Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. [...]