Varanasi – The spiritual base of Hindus, the toilet of Uttar Pradesh. Home to sacred cows, street dogs, burning corpses, fake baba’s, rented babies and shit.

Varanasi – The spiritual base of Hindus, the toilet of Uttar Pradesh. Home to sacred cows, street dogs, burning corpses, fake baba’s, rented babies and shit.

I was somehow expecting more reverence from what is the most famous holy city in India. A serene calmness tempered by the clanging of bells during rituals and men dressed in elaborate robes extolling wisdom to the pilgrims on the banks of the Ganges. Not as such. People, people everywhere, squashed into every crevice and […]

Mumbai and the 5th Red Kingfisher

Mumbai and the 5th Red Kingfisher

Mumbai is filthy and unhygienic beyond the terms we in the West have reference to.  There is a canal running through the Dharavi slum that is bubbling with chemical reactions. That sewer runs directly into the Arabian sea. My daughter, a chemist, joked that there were probably life forms there we have not discovered as […]