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"A Site Just Like India"
As appeared in Travel Vision August 2000
Reviews of the Best of the Best websites

Kamat's Potpourri 

Brilliant collection of the weird and wonderful of Indian culture "No advertisements. No politics. No Bollywood. No cricket." Instead, KL Kamat's site (which started as a small homepage in 1995) has a panoply of photographs, drawings and articles on every aspect of Indian culture. (Well, except Bollywood and cricket.) There's an entertaining section on erotic art in the temples of Kajuraho. There are pictures of the gods on different modes of transport (mainly large birds and tigers - Shiva wisely never took an Indian bus). There's an article on 'Old-time Wonderbras' and a section called 'Faces of India', which is a collection of photographs of… erm, Indian faces. Particularly striking is the picture of an old man, face wrinkled and worn by the rigours of life among the Indian poor, entitled Don't waste film on me. There's a
brilliant section on poverty itself, featuring shots of beggars, sadhus, and the disabled and destitute. It comes with the warning that the pictures "depict utter poverty and can be disturbing". 

This site is like India itself - disturbing at times, yet full of good humour and beauty. You'll learn more about the country from Kamat's award-winning site than the best guide book. 


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