Funny What People Say Before You Go To India


My brother wrote that everyone who goes to India

comes back another person  Michael agreed.

Marianna’s neighbor differed. India stands for

I Never Have to Do That Again she said.

Hillel wrote about the hyper right wing government.

Bryn described the Indian South.  A few people

told us about  Cochin Jews and Jewtown.

Margie in my yoga class said Something Amazing Happens

Every Day and Some of it is Good.

Nearly forty years since I first wanted to see India.

I know it’s One of Those Places, One of Those Places

I fully expect to love.










Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. It’s been more than 10 years since I was in India, and it still stays with me. It’s so complicated. The synagogue in Cochin, is the most beautiful one I have ever seen. You will love it. Safe and wonderful travels xom

  2. When you’re back, we can meet in the city and have great Indian food and you can tell me everything. I spent some days at a temple site in Khatmandu in Nepal, and it changed me.

  3. dear esther, have a fantastic trip…beyond your wildest imagination….safe and healthy too 🙂

    would love to hear about what stood out, what you learned…

    hugs for the journey!!!


  4. Malcolm Gladwell has a chilling episode in his REVISIONIST HISTORY Podcast- about a little known evil advisor to Churchill whose advice during world war Two led to the deaths of 3 000 000 Indians – a story little known by the world or by our a people who know the horror of Twice 300 000 000.

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