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Tess' first book “Leap: Leaving A Job With No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want” was published in August 2015 by Random House Harmony. For more information on the book, go here.

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Mar 16 2017

Reading the Future in India

This is Vikram. He's been making beautiful bracelets out of shellac for the past 50 years -- and he's only 62. I met him tonight at my hotel in Jaipur and when I sat down, he looked at me and said "Give me your hand." He took it in his own, pressed the base of it together (at my wrist) and said he knew exactly what size bracelet I'd wear. Of course, he was right, and slid a few bangles over my fingers. Then he asked for my hand again, turned it over and gazed at my palm for a...

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Mar 13 2017

Oh Holi Day! Showered in Color in Mathura, India

HAPPY HOLI!!! (pronounced "holy") Spent the last two days in Mathura, the birthplace of Krishna and ground zero for Indian Holi celebrations. Sunday featured the parade through town, and today marked the actual holiday with revelry throughout the city and a huge party in the temple. You have to see it to believe it, hence the overabundance of photographs. (What else do you have to do on a Monday morning?)   Holi is all about color - and that means throwing colored powder on anyone who passes by...

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Mar 09 2017

Scenes from the Car Window

The drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur featured a couple of major sights, and you'll find them at the end of this photo array. But what I loved even more were all the people going about their lives in small villages along the way. Unfortunately, I couldn't get out and spend time in them, so these are what I call "Scenes from the Car Window." I already know I will be back to do this drive again because it so captured my imagination. That first photo, by the way? #myfirstcamel [caption id="attachment_12793" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Sometimes your day is boring. Other times you...

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Mar 08 2017

An Accidental Dinner in India

There I was, watching the Indian world go by. Sitting on a small step beneath the famous Clock Tower in the middle of Jodhpur, India. I'd forgotten to recharge the battery in my camera, so instead of having it up to my eye, capturing fractions of moments, I watched the scene like it was a movie playing out live right in front of me. Cows wandering the square aimlessly, hawkers selling everything from bracelets to garlic, women sparkling with every step in their saris.   A man sat down next to me. I didn't look at him, because I'd read in several...

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Mar 07 2017

India’s Indigo City

Unreal. That's the only word I can come up with for this city. Jodhpur is known as India's Blue City because of an area where many if not most of the homes and walls are painted blue. It is eye-popping and calming at the same time. The massive Mehrangarh Fort towers over the city.   Also here in Jodhpur, I had one of the most memorable experiences of my entire life of traveling. I'll write about that in the next couple of days if I can get fast enough broadband to post on my website.   India is enchanting, complicated, and so very welcoming....

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