COVID-19 and Micro-Certifications

We are watching the COVID-19 situation world wide as cases mount here in the USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. How will this effect our training plans for the summer of 2020? It is easy to believe/hope that mid to late May will see a flattening of the curve (as they say) and cases will have tapered off. Changes in travel, closing borders, social distancing will all help in this flattening. Continue reading “COVID-19 and Micro-Certifications”

1st Post – A visit to the Kumbh Mela

This post will start a series of one of my visits to Haridwar in North India to take pictures of the largest Hindu pilgrimage in 2010:

We started in the cold darkness to take a taxi from Dehra Dun in the northern state Uttarakhand to Haridwar, 35 miles away. The taxi delivered us to a staging area 5 miles from the actual bathing area. I never thought I’d be so cold in India. Continue reading “1st Post – A visit to the Kumbh Mela”

3rd Post: The Hindu Pilgrims of the Kumbh Mela

As we made our way back to the ghats or bathing areas I noticed strings of beads like dried and wrinkled apricots in many of the

Herbs that are supposed to ward off evil spirits

shops. JG told me they are Rudraksh seeds and are a charm against all sorts of sickness and evil. Most of these hanging were the fakes most Hindus would wear as the real Rudraksh seeds are quite expensive they are kept in a locked case. These seeds are all the more precious if a priest would bless them – for a fee of course! Continue reading “3rd Post: The Hindu Pilgrims of the Kumbh Mela”