Consider this...

"Whatever we understand and enjoy in human products instantly becomes ours, wherever they might have their origin. I am proud of my humanity when I can acknowledge the poets and artists of other countries as my own. Let me feel with unalloyed gladness that all the great glories of man are mine." - Rabindranath Tagore

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Many science books this year. One of them, Spencer Well’s book about how genetics helps us understand our ancestors’ journey out of Africa and subsequent spread around the world, planted the seed of a desire to visit Africa.

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Imagine a picture. In the lower part, put golden-tan grass, 30-50 cm high, permanently leaning at about a 15° angle due to the prevalent winds. Since you are imagining this picture, do it on 360°, with the grass stretching to the horizon all around.

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Morning at 06:00, standing on a hotel balcony overlooking the Ganga at Assi Ghat in southern Varanasi.

In the darkness, a distant sound of chanting — a man’s voice, of course. Later, another, similar one joins it in unrehearsed counterpoint. Then, softly, drums, their rhythm possessing no regularity detectable to most western ears.

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