Bengare: Peace at the Arabian Sea

This last Sunday night in Manipal I took a trip with some friends down Kodi Bengare Hoode Road, toward Delta Beach…but we stopped a bit short. This road is gorgeous as it has the river on the right side, and the sea on the left. This beautiful isolated beach was pristine, free of trash, and … Continue reading

Manipal: Indian Thanksgiving

As an American, Thanksgiving is just a natural part of life, the beginning of the holiday season, a time for family and friends. I didn’t realize until I was abroad for Thanksgiving, how uniquely American it really is. Not that I would have expected any different, but it was odd to see my friends updating … Continue reading

Manipal: The Festival of Lights

The weekend trip to Goa and Gokarna was absolutely amazing but as they are mainly tourist destinations, there were not really any Diwali celebrations. For anyone unfamiliar with Diwali in India, it is socially acceptable time to develop pyrotechnic tendancies. Groups of students spent thousands of rupees on fireworks and then gather around and set them off … Continue reading

Manipal: SAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Last week our study abroad celebrated Halloween in typical American fashion, dressing up and hanging out with friends. Halloween celebrations have definitely been on the rise in recent years in India, though not to the same extent as in the US. It was strange not to see the pumpkins, witches, spiderwebs and hay decorating all … Continue reading

Manipal: Dandiya Dancing the Night Away!

After returning from the Rainforest it was time to get ready for festival on KMC greens. I walked by and saw a huge tented an gated structure, and it only reinforced the desire and the excitement for Dhol Baje later that evening. I got ready and in typical Indian fashion (oh no, it’s starting to catch … Continue reading

Deepak Common: The Hanging Bridge

This past Wednesday I visited “the hanging bridge” with two of my friends. This hanging bridge, built in 1991, rests over the Manipal Delta and connects two villages – Padukudru to Thimmannakudru. It was quite the adventure to find, and we even ran into the ocean before we came to the bridge. We were able … Continue reading

Ganesh Chaturthi and Kapu Beach: Midweek Exploration

Last Wednesday was Ganesh’s Birthday, aka there were Sri Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations everywhere! We were given Wednesday off – though some people celebrated the birthday for the entire week. There were parades all through the streets with terracotta and clay statues dotting Manipal. These statues were on display for a few days while people went … Continue reading