The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Sunday 16 October 2011


Varanasi Ganga ghats like Assi are home to many like this man in the evening, of days except winter. After a day of activity to find moments of life, they head to the caring breeze of Mother Ganga to recollect if they could regain what they had or could add to what they needed to have - the little things that matter in their day-to-day lives. This part of their day begins with arranging for something to re-energize. Some cooked stuff with a dip in the holy river is the à la carte recipeThe extended soil bed going up to the by-lanes through the stone-built steps of some of the ghats is like home to many of them. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey