Find your solitude

Find your solitude

Being alone is not the same thing as being lonely. I think I read this somewhere many years ago and I have entirely forgotten who said it, or in what context. However, having internalised the thought behind the statement, I have almost attributed the saying to myself, and constantly repeat it to whoever is willing…

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Jan 10, The Final Push Down the Ganges

Jan 10, The Final Push Down the Ganges

Slow Boat Down the Ganges Update 63 Today was a watershed day. The final push to Calcutta to end what has been a fantastic journey. The excitement was coursing through my body through the night, sleep was sketchy, and when I woke up it was still dark outside. I was up and ready to hit…

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Jan 08, Jewel in the British Crown

Jan 08, Jewel in the British Crown

Slow Boat Down the Ganges Update 62 Murshid Quli Khan, the Diwan of Bengal under Aurangzeb transferred the capital from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and renamed the city Murshidabad after his own name, after getting Aurangzeb’s consent. Murshidabad became the capital of the Nawabs of Bengal, and even remained the seat of administration for the British. Murshid…

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Jan 07, Goodbye Holy Ganges

Jan 07, Goodbye Holy Ganges

Slow Boat Down the Ganges Update 61 One extra day at Farakka was called for. I have been to Farakka before, many years back, when I was motorbiking to Sikkim and Bhutan, and apart from the horrendous condition of the roads, I do not remember much of anything else. The Farakka Barrage was a must…

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Jan 05, Paddling to the land of my birth

Jan 05, Paddling to the land of my birth

Slow Boat Down the Ganges Update 60 We were in what is unkindly called the badlands of Bihar. Yes, these lands were made of legends, of stories of local gangsters, of complete lawlessness. Here lived people who had virtually no sense of worth of life and could and would kill for no other reason than…

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Jan 01, 2019, Pottyfull at Patipul Ghat

Jan 01, 2019, Pottyfull at Patipul Ghat

Slow Boat Down the Ganges Update 58 At the very outset let me wish everyone a very happy 2019. Today, as the old gives way to the new, it provides an opportunity to make new dreams and look forward to an even better future. In the larger scheme of things, a new year is just…

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Dec 31, 2018, In search of enlightenment

Dec 31, 2018, In search of enlightenment

Slow Boat Down the Ganges Update 57 After many years of being partial to the teachings of the Lord Buddha, I finally managed to walk the path that he walked two thousand five hundred years ago. Well, it is impossible for a person like me to walk on the Buddha’s figurative footsteps, but I did…

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Dec 30, 2018, Hop, Step and Jump to Patna

Dec 30, 2018, Hop, Step and Jump to Patna

Slow Boat Down the Ganges Update 56 Needless to say, I slept like a log. Chandru and Raghu found a couple of tables that are otherwise used to display the wares that Golu sells from his shop, while I was more comfortable on the floor. The shack was closed in from all sides and the…

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Dec 28, 2018, Happy days are here again

Dec 28, 2018, Happy days are here again

Slow Boat Down the Ganges Update 55 Cracked rib, busted car, a couple of weddings, celebrations of a wedding conducted thirty one years ago, and finally I am back on the river again. And this time with a reality reminiscent of the time when the expedition started. I have a road support team. Chandrasekar Sambasivam…

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