VARANASI

In March 1997, during a two-month trip to North and Central India, I spent a week in Varanasi (also known as Banaras), the sacred city on the Ganges. This web project—created when I had a job at MIT, and originally housed on its site—contains journal entries and photographs from the trip, along with a brief, retrospective introduction. Your comments are welcome, by e-mail or in the RIP-TV guestbook.

 

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Traveling in India, a woman alone; neither disasters nor dire consequences; difficulties; temptations; Varanasi.

ARRIVAL

Train journey through Uttar Pradesh; mysterious absence of train personnel; nature; the Hotel de Paris.

DAY 1

An enormous insect; first views of the river; a cheap Yankee afloat; a visit to a temple; ghats, children and dogs.

DAY 2

Transport a problem; holy man no help; Holi a problem; more of the river.

DAY 3

House arrest; lizard battle; Holi from a distance.

DAY 4

House arrest continues; Indian men; child labor.

DAY 5

"I would like to thank the members of the Academy. . .;" Sarnath.

DAY 6

Papu and his family; a shopping spree; a night at the movies.

DAY 7

The exterminator; the river; the watchers.

DAY 8

Tired of India!; a visit to Ram Nagar Fort; Shiva madness.

NIGHTS

Evening thoughts at the Hotel de Paris.

DEPARTURE

Giving up, perhaps, but definitely leaving; the train out of Varanasi.

 

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