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Forget The Destination, Focus On The Journey

“Every joke,” according to my wife, “has an element of joke in it.” The first time I heard it, I figured she’d confused the idea. Her take on English can be quite original sometimes. “You mean, an element of truth,” I said, correcting her gently.“No, an element of joke,” she replied, enduring me patiently.
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Notes from an Old Leftist in Fading Red Bengal

Robert Hirschfield reflects on his “low grade affection” for a political party in India and how political change is yet one more filter through which to look at place.A FEW MONTHS ago, waves of trucks from rural West Bengal flying red flags spotted with hammers and sickles converged on the Maidan in Calcutta.
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Mind Over Matter: Travel Starts With You

Your mental state plays a surprisingly strong role in your perception of place, as revealed in the personal experience of Ekaterina Petrovna.Your perception of place depends on your mind.Travel is not just a physical experience. It is a state of mind, a life journey. And it can be all kinds of different things to different people.
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5 Items to Set Off Your Obsession with Digital Photography

I remember the first word I uttered when I picked up a Nikon digital SLR camera, looked through its viewfinder, and clicked…I believe it was – WOW!With the prices of professional grade equipment and photo accessories dropping, it’s no surprise that the number of photography enthusiasts seems to be skyrocketing.
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What’s going on in… Madagascar?

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in an occasional series from guest writers responding to the prompt, “What’s going on in your country?” In Madagascar, history repeats itself.Photos: fanalana_azyThe past few months have been unfortunate for Madagascar.A series of tropical storms hit both the east and the west coasts, leaving more than 40,000 people roofless and recovering from floods.
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