India 1988-89

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Hanging out with the kids at Sri Gorakh Nath (Gorakhnath) Temple.  Guru Gorakh Nath was an 11th to 12th century Nath yogi, connected to Shaivism as one of the two most important disciples of Matsyendranath, the other being Caurangi.  Guru Korakh and Matsyendranath are also greatly revered in Tibetan Buddhism.

Night time in Haridwar.

Haridwar vendor on his way to the market in the early morning.

Haridwar girl.

The beautiful saris of Haridwar.

Haridwar ghats, where the faithful come to bathe in the holy water of the Ganges River.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time alone in Haridwar, wandering aimlessly, talking to people, and seeing the daily activities around the ghats of the river.

I took a bus back to New Delhi in time to catch up with Tom and his family having a picnic.  Papu in particular seemed pleased that I was taking such an interest in India.  In fact, I was utterly hooked, reeled in by the fascinating culture and vibrant colors.

Qutab Minar, or the "axis minaret", is a 239 ft sandstone Indo-Islamic tower. This magnificent tower of victory stands in the Qutab Complex located at Aurabindo Marg, near Mehrauli, 14 Km south of Connaught place in Delhi. Although having a slight tilt, the minaret has survived lightning strikes and earthquakes remarkably well.  Its construction began around 202 by Qutbu'd-Din Aibak, the first Muslim Sultan of Delhi.

Also of note within the Qutab Minar complex, although regrettably not pictured here, is an iron pillar that is apparently made of such pure iron that it has never rusted.

Realizing its slight tilt, Tom decided to try and right the 239 ft. Qutab Minar tower.

Inside the Qutab Minar complex.

At one of the street markets just of Janpath Road in Delhi.  The colors at the market are intoxicating.

Grandpa and Mashi (Tom's aunt), just outside their apartment.

Another look at the three travelers, standing in front of Kempty Falls in Mussoorie.


August 2009:  Twenty year have passed since this trip. 

I am still friends with Tom and see him regularly.  I reconnected with Oran on MySpace briefly several years ago.  I saw Sringi in 2000 and am now in touch with him through FaceBook.  Sadly, Papu was stricken with cancer and passed away several years ago.  Tom's grandfather, above, also passed away several years ago.

I've returned to India many times, and have seen the country grow with each visit.  It is much like my second home in a lot of ways, and I love the place.

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