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Aimless In Banaras Wanderings In Indias Holiest City
Author: Bishwanath Ghosh
ISBN: 9789389152005
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Year: 2019
Publisher: Tranquebar
Number of Pages: 252
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INR 399.00
About Book
While cremating his mother at the famed Manikarnika Ghat, Bishwanath Ghosh pretended he was a writer collecting material for a future book rather than a grieving son—his way of dealing with the last rites. A few years later, he returns to Banaras to write that book. Plunging into its timeless aura, he roams its ghats and galis, sails through the cool breeze of the Ganga, walks through the heat of funeral pyres. One moment he is observing a sadhu show off his penile strength, in the next he is on a boat with a young woman who has been prophesied to marry seven times; one moment he is in conversation with the celebrated writer Kashinath Singh, who is an atheist, and in the next he is having tea with a globe- trotting priest and a god-fearing doctor ... Ghosh finds a story in every bend as he engages with quintessential Banarasis—their paan-stuffed mouths spouting expletives and wisdom with equal flair—and discovers why they are among the happiest people on earth. Then one evening at Manikarnika, as he emerges from a temple, wearing ash from the cremation ground on his forehead, he finds a bit of Banaras in himself. Aimless in Banaras is not only a sensuous portrait of India’s holiest city but also a meditation on life—and death.
About Author
Bishwanath Ghosh, born 26 December 1970, is the author of the hugely popular Chai, Chai: Travels in Places Where You Stop but Never Get Off and also the acclaimed Tamarind City: Where Modern India Began; Longing, Belonging: An Outsider at Home in Calcutta; and Gazing at Neighbours: Travels Along the Lines That Partitioned India. He is an Associate Editor with The Hindu and lives in Calcutta.
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