This Is Varanasi
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Would it be too simple to say that all that is
Probably, but Iâ€™m no writer so please bear with me.
After spending 3 months traveling around
We arrived late in the afternoon and by the time we settled into our rooms, it was after sunset.
If you donâ€™t know why we knew to follow the smoke, youâ€™ll understand in just a moment.
We made our way down a flight of stairs busy with people milling about despite the late hour. There were stock piles of logs tucked away where ever there was room. The locals kept reminding us â€śNo pictures, no picturesâ€ť. We didnâ€™t need reminding.
As the stairs opened up to the ghats, we found ourselves approaching about half a dozen fires blazing bright orange against the dark night sky. We were watching half a dozen funeral pyres burning at different stages of cremation. I could make out the shape of a wrapped corpse laying on one of the closer pyres.
Eerie just isnâ€™t strong enough a word.
And that was how I was introduced to this uniquely vibrant city. Holy just isnâ€™t strong enough a word. Spiritual is a word that would barely scratch the surface.
Maybe you could describe
It seems that all of
Alive might be a decent enough word to describe this place.