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Revisiting the people I met 25 years ago during my walk along the Ganges (recounted in “A Walk Along The Ganges”) seemed like a great idea at the time.  India’s changing, everyone was telling me.  So I went, eager to reconnect with some of those who welcomed me so warmly to their country and their homes during my 7-month walk.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out as intended. I did visit some of the people I’d met and that was absolutely fantastic.  But what I found in India repelled and depressed me. I went to one ashram on the banks of the Hooghly just north of Kolkata where I’d been very impressed by the sincerity of the people there living under the guidance of a holy man who hadn’t cut his hair in many years – it stretched nine feet across his room.  When I returned, the holy man had died and the new leader of the now almost empty ashram was watching football on satellite television. (more…)

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