ChessIndia is a huge Asian nation and borders Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. India’s culture and heritage are a rich amalgam of past and present, religions and ethnography, more than 438 living languages, and monuments that are thousands of years old. The Kumbh Mela religious festival takes place in India every 12 years and attracts tens of millions of people – a gathering that can be seen from space. India is also the birthplace of chess.

Image accompanying a poem exploring the author's feelings about the Ganges at the Laxman Jhula bridge at Rishikesh
Laxman Jhula
Levi Noe   I remember the day I jumped into the river, I felt like I'd never touched water before. I swam against it, pushed against the current that would...
Post office on an Indian stamp
The Postmaster
The postmaster first took up his duties in the village of Ulapur. Though the village was a small one, there was an indigo factory near by, and the proprietor, an...
Indian river from The Home-Coming by Rabindranath Tagore
The Home-Coming
Phatik Chakravorti was ringleader among the boys of the village. A new mischief got into his head. There was a heavy log lying on the mud-flat of the river waiting...
Opium pipe from The Gate of a Hundred Sorrows by Rudyard Kipling
The Gate of a Hundred Sorrows
"If I can attain Heaven for a pice, why should you be envious?"Opium Smoker's Proverb.  This is no work of mine. My friend, Gabral Misquitta, the half-caste, spoke it all,...
Image accompanying a short story about mistaken identity and a widower's fortuitous remarriage in an Indian village
The Auspicious Vision
Rabindranath Tagore   Kantichandra was young; yet after his wife's death he sought no second partner, and gave his mind to the hunting of beasts and birds. His body was...
Three and an Extra
Three and — an Extra
Rudyard Kipling "When halter and heel ropes are slipped, do not give chase with sticks but with gram."       —Punjabi Proverb After marriage arrives a reaction, sometimes a...
Lispeth
Lispeth
Rudyard Kipling Look, you have cast out Love! What Gods are these     You bid me please? The Three in One, the One in Three? Not so!   To...
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The Other Man
Rudyard Kipling When the earth was sick and the skies were gray, And the woods were rotted with rain, The Dead Man rode through the autumn day To visit his...
In the House of Suddhoo
In the House of Suddhoo
Rudyard Kipling A stone's throw out on either hand From that well-ordered road we tread, And all the world is wild and strange; Churel and ghoul and Djinn and sprite...
Yoked With An Unbeliever
Yoked With An Unbeliever
Rudyard Kipling I am dying for you, and you are dying for another.       — Punjabi Proverb When the Gravesend tender left the P. & O. steamer for...