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Retracing the silk road

Lepyoshkas (round breads) play a prominent part in Uzbek cuisine. Baked in a clay oven called a tandir, no meal is complete without it. One of the best places to sample it is the farmers' market at Charsu Bazar in Tashkent

Last month, six Indians, from professions as varied as medicine, academics and journalism, set off on a journey to retrace part of the Silk Road, a series of trade routes that served as the main link between India and Central Asia over 2, 000 years ago. The trip kicked off in the Uzbek capital Tashkent, from where the group proceeded by land to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, and then to the ruins of Penjikent before entering Uzbekistan. Everywhere they went, just the word Hindustani was enough for people to open their hearts and homes. The old-timers still hummed Raj Kapoor's Mera joota hai Japani' while youngsters had switched loyalties to the Khans. It was truly a journey of discovery: of witnessing an Uzbek bride's joyful preparation for her wedding;of shopping for Bollywood DVDs in Penjikent;taking in Khiva's magnificent minarets and madrassas;and enjoying the bustle of bazaars and belly dancing.

Reader's opinion (2)

Deepak PathakNov 14th, 2010 at 21:06 PM

Its time for India to get back to the track to achieve its lost name and fame.

Akshay BhoanNov 13th, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Who are the pictures by? There are no photo credits in a photo essay?

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