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A Walk Along The Ganges por Dennison Berwick
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A Walk Along The Ganges (edición 2011)

por Dennison Berwick (Autor)

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An enchanting portrayal of rural and urban northern India along the banks of her holiest river, stretching from the Bay of Bengal up into the Himalayas.The pilgrimage took seven months.Dennison Berwick writes, "I wanted to make a great walk, to set off with no prospect of ending for months. I wanted to see the land that had fired the British imagination for generations. I wanted to travel at the pace of rural India, where four out of five Indians live, and to walk in the footsteps of the peasants.And why the Ganga? I was searching for answers to one question: How could a river also be a goddess? For millions of Hindus, the river Ganga is the physical expression of the goddess Ganga; bathing in her waters is both spiritual ritual and necessary ablution. We have learned so well in the West to separate sacred from secular that the very notion of their being indivisible, like the Ganga, seems absurd.However, the Native Indians of Canada have a saving. 'Never judge a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins,' and this was something I took literally. I was determined to wear village clothes, eat local foods, adopt local customs for washing and toilet and as much as possible speak the language. I felt that meeting India's people and walking through her villages and beside her most sacred river was the only way to learn about the country. Perhaps then, I thought, I might begin to understand something of the relationship between the Ganga and her devotees and might find answers to my question.… (más)
Miembro:Aurorae
Título:A Walk Along The Ganges
Autores:Dennison Berwick (Autor)
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2011), Edition: LRG, 418 pages
Colecciones:Read
Valoración:****1/2
Etiquetas:travelogue, non-fiction

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The best part about this book was the honesty in its words. Having witnessed the likes of rural India firsthand, I can say that whatever the author says in the book is to its core, true. The fact that despite poverty, several people would be more than willing to share food and shelter with a pilgrim or a traveler, and that such a journey would at every turn be painstaking and frustrating, has been portrayed truthfully in the book. The author doesn't shy away from mentioning both the pros and cons of such an experience with impressive neutrality and attraction. All in all, it was a great experience reading it.
I have taken away half a star as according to my first read, I had expected it to be longer than it originally was. Although the text was presented beautifully, it wouldn't have hurt to be a wee more descriptive (not that I'm complaining). ( )
  Aurorae | Jun 11, 2021 |
The author walks from the mouth of the Ganges to its source in the Himalayas. There is a very gratifying element of humility here, a lack of self absorption. The author dedicates the book to the Indians who gave him shelter along the way, mostly (it seems) desperately poor people. There is a certain spiritual element to the journey, but the author doesn't spare us his frustrations, ill temper and pain. The difference between Berwick and certain cosseted western writers who make a living out of writing about their 'heroic' travelling adventures is that Berwick is able to reflect on the downsides of his journey. The result isn't any great revelation of spiritual growth through suffering. Rather, it is as if Berwick says to us, 'Well if you set out on a journey like this you will get sore feet, and meet a lot of people along the way, likeable and otherwise. This is one of a very select group of books that give some insight into rural India. Highly recommended. ( )
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An enchanting portrayal of rural and urban northern India along the banks of her holiest river, stretching from the Bay of Bengal up into the Himalayas.The pilgrimage took seven months.Dennison Berwick writes, "I wanted to make a great walk, to set off with no prospect of ending for months. I wanted to see the land that had fired the British imagination for generations. I wanted to travel at the pace of rural India, where four out of five Indians live, and to walk in the footsteps of the peasants.And why the Ganga? I was searching for answers to one question: How could a river also be a goddess? For millions of Hindus, the river Ganga is the physical expression of the goddess Ganga; bathing in her waters is both spiritual ritual and necessary ablution. We have learned so well in the West to separate sacred from secular that the very notion of their being indivisible, like the Ganga, seems absurd.However, the Native Indians of Canada have a saving. 'Never judge a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins,' and this was something I took literally. I was determined to wear village clothes, eat local foods, adopt local customs for washing and toilet and as much as possible speak the language. I felt that meeting India's people and walking through her villages and beside her most sacred river was the only way to learn about the country. Perhaps then, I thought, I might begin to understand something of the relationship between the Ganga and her devotees and might find answers to my question.

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