|Monkey watching sunrise|
or maybe it was the biological clock alerting the subconscious about the last day in Varanasi; but I woke up early at 6 a.m, freshened up and was ready for catching the sunrise from the balcony hanging over the Ganges. Enjoying a mild chill in the breeze was one of humanity’s ancestors perched on the parapet of the dilapidated minaret to the left of the balcony.
|Sunrise , Varanasi 5th March 2014|
|Mulagandhakuti Vihar, Sarnath|
Amidst clinking of glasses full of left-over whiskey
& standing in a room cloudy with tobacco smoke, I bid goodbye to Ganesh
& Deepak at the room door itself.
Coming down , was pleasantly surprised to meet Seine at the reception. Niceties
of goodbye later, just as I embarked on the half a kilometer trek through the
winding lanes of Chousatti Ghat past the house of the revered yogi Shyamacharan Lahiri and intending to catch an auto to the Varanasi railway
station from the main road in Madanapura.; someone cried out my name from
behind. I stopped and looked back to see
Deepak & Ganesh waving from the back window . Deepak waited for me to smile
and then clicked the last picture while gently reminding me to smile & turn
every time someone calls me from behind.
|The Ghats on the south side from hotel-roof|