Reading Matthiessen on Varanasi-Aggra Train
Drinking tea and reading Peter Matthiessen's Snow Leopard on Varanasi-Aggra Train. 2005, during our round-the-world honeymoon. Classic. He writes: "I feel great gratitude for being here, for being, rather, for there is no need to tie oneself to the snow mountains in order to feel free. Iam not here to seek the ‘crazy wisdom’; if I am, I shall never find it. I am here to be here, like these rocks and sky and snow, like this hail that is falling down out of the sun."
By Joshua Berman, AFAR Local Expert
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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India