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Volume 5 Number 2.5

Ryan Rodgers

Eating in North India

Countless stainless steel thals await use at Darbar Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, the focal point of the Sikh faith, in Amritsar, Punjab. A feature of Sikhism is Langar, a free communal meal available to anyone.

Vegetables on vending cart in Amritsar, in the state of Punjab.

The tranquil (at least by Indian standards) mountainside town of McLeod Ganj, home to the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Government in exile.

Miles from the nearest road, at a trailside café on a Himalayan pass in the state of Himachal Pradesh, young men down sweet, milky tea during a break in lingering monsoon rains.

Kulwant Kaur tends to her garden in Piplanwala.

Visiting her childhood home for the first time since immigrating to the United States several years before, Harminder Kaur makes tea in the kitchen she grew up in, Piplanwala. To avoid making the living quarters even hotter, the kitchen is reached through a courtyard.