Fröhliche Gesichter während des bunten Holi Festivals in den Straßen von Rishikesh.

Celebrating Colors, Spring and Love

Today, India celebrates its Holi festival and with it the arrival of spring, love, colors and the victory of evil over good. A year ago, I was right in the middle of the colorful hustle and bustle. A flashback.

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Rishikesh – always in my heart

“I feel India so much right now,” a friend wrote the other day. She has Rishikesh-sickness, another told me. And I can understand both of them so well. Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga on the banks of Mother Ganga. Rishikesh, which whenever I see it in photos sends shivers up and down my spine, wonderful memories into my head and tears into my eyes. Rishikesh, where all the puzzle pieces I had unknowingly collected suddenly formed a picture.

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Aarti-Zeremonie am Ganges vor zwei Wochen. Ob diese derzeit noch stattfindet, ist mir unbekannt. Die Behörden bitten darum, Menschenansammlungen zu meiden.

Riding Out Corona Crisis In India?

The current situation is like a game called “Fly home right away or stay”. But it’s an unfair game: the rules are constantly changing, but we players don’t know when and how. And that makes it difficult to plan sensible moves strategically.

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Zwei junge Thais tragen Masken. In Thailand kein ungewöhnliches Bild. Seit Ausbruch des Corona-Virus sind noch mehr Menschen mit Schutzmasken zu sehen, als sonst.

Corona – Traveling or What?

Up until yesterday, I wasn’t worried about the corona virus. I followed from a distance how toilet paper, noodles, rice and the like are hoarded in Germany, Europe and the rest of the western world – and felt safer in India than possibly some back home. But overnight India changed its entry requirements. And now I wonder if I could get stuck here if the situation worsens.

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