Tag Archives: Varanasi

blog 228: ravanna’s stone of alchemy

Today was the final day of our stay in the Holy City. I resolved to enjoy myself. I attended a staging and as a fully ‘blooded’ member of the Ravana Guild and Fan Club I cheered the swaggering villain as … Continue reading

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blog 227: sunrise off the gold of the golden temple

Today the priest of the Golden Temple showed me a wonderful thing! At predawn I reported and he led me by cunning stone stairs that coiled upwards to the very roof top! We sat down and watched the sun rise … Continue reading

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blog 226: rama is an eton toff!

The Tribe of Nicholson has enjoyed the Ramlila enormously! There are stages all over the city! So many in costume! As players or fans of each character! As each character swaggers on stage the fans cheer him. Or him as … Continue reading

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blog 225: sin eaters

The priest nodded. He looked out of the window at Benares as tears dropped down his cheeks. “The Ramlila as started. The 31 days of Rama. Our beloved Rajah rode his elephant through the streets to start the festival. The … Continue reading

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blog 224: i cannot help the sin of loving this golden temple!

——————223 “It is very clever blackmail” I said. “Very clever! I suppose some Hindus will fall for it.” “This is evil!” “Yes” I said. “But cunning! And I like the ‘extermination’ part! Every single foreigner has to be driven out … Continue reading

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