As a journalist, Jenn Smith is used to exploring for her work. But last year she was awarded the chance to explore a part of her personal history. Smith, who calls Western Massachusetts home, was born in India and adopted from an orphanage in Kolkata. The winner of Atlas Obscura’s First Journey essay contest, Smith set out on a 10-week journey across her native India experiencing the country through its festivals. She discussed her journey with Carrie Saldo in the studio.