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... or haggle with a tuk tuk driver you can't tell what the **** they're saying because their words are trapped in enough **** to decorate a wedding cake. Anyway, I wasn't much wiser by the time we moved on to the other markets.
We were lead through the pasta market which sold pasta (obviously) but in colours that looked like they contained enough E-numbers to keep the whole country's toddler population bouncing off ...
An easy flight, evening prayer ceremony, sunrise at the ghats, buddist temple, Jain Temple, overnight train ride.
Varanase sits on the Ganges River. The Hindus refer to it as Mother Ganges. If possible they bring their child before they are 1 year old and shave their head to offer the hair to Mother Ganges. People come on pilgrimage and bathe in the river from the ghats ( stairs) along the river and then when you die you ...
... a book I'm reading that it seems that half of india is selling something and the other half is buying something at every given moment, so true. Picture a farmers market/ flea market for 1.2 billion people and you can begin to visualize India. The night was a spectacle and some of us decided to do it again for the morning rituals.
Brendan, pipes up after we get back to the dock and after 10 days of illness he wants a beer!.. In one of the holiest cities on earth. Bum ...
... kneel before an ancient looking granny in a derelict hall. I had to state my full name and the granny muttered prayers to cleanse me of my sins and improve my karma. Then the nightmare began.
"Donate 5000 rupees to nurse now!" The teen ordered.
"Or I report you to immigration! Last month, Japanese man I report and he deported immediately! You pay! Now!"
Death, Disease and Mortality
Taken aback, looking at ...
... If you have lived a virtuous life, your next life is likely to be better than the last. If not, you could come back as a cockroach. So why take a chance?
Which is why there is a constant parade of bodies being caried through the streets of Varanasi and down to the burning ghats on the Ganga. There are approximately 250 cremations per day, 365 days a year. All of them end up in the holy Ganga. Men's bodies are wrapped in white shrouds, women's in more brightly ...