A Walk Along the Ganges

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Dennison Berwick, 1986 - Ganges River (India and Bangladesh) - 234 pages
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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 ... Read full review

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This is the story of the author's unique journey, a 2000 mile walk along India's holy river, Mother Ganga; a vivid record of a young man's quest to discover the essence of India, from within.
Dennison Berwick doesn't observe India from inside an air conditioned limousine parked on a dusty roadside along the Ganges. He walks the walk. He burrows deep under the country's skin, strides along its sinewy muscles and, after respectfully removing his sandals, he plunges into the stream of its bodily fluids.
What we get is not a passive visual description of life along the Ganges, but the sounds, the smells, the tastes, the customs and the spirit of India. A detailed personal account of the author's experiences, of his encounters with people of diverse backgrounds, class, and social status, as well as of his trials and tribulations in this hugely diverse, always fascinating, frequently enthralling and often most shocking of countries, told simply, honestly, with humour but with great respect for his subject, without embellishment or hyperbole.
A book to savour, whether you are an armchair traveller or an adventurer who has travelled the world, whether you have a passing interest in India or have already visited the country more than once and thought you knew it. Prepare to be surprised, to be entertained and to discover India, as it really is.
 

Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Authors Note
11
Finding My Feet
13
By the Banks of the Hooghly
26
A Hell Filled with Good Things
36
Led North by the Sacred Thread
56
The Inland Sea
74
Where Angels Fear to Tread
87
IO Is it Cholera?
151
Burden of Heat
163
Tiger Tiger
182
Up the Mountain Road
192
Bathing at the Cows Mouth
208
Equipment List
224
Selected Bibliography
226
Index
228

Round and Round the River Bends
100
City of Light City of Dark
120
When the Land Dies
132
Map
236
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