Thursday, January 25, 2024

Pilgrim in Bharat

Everyone's talking about the "Vedantic turn" in theology, so I went to India to sort it all out. Until I got sorted. The piece clocks in at about 2.73 miles per word. Bharat, of course, is changing quickly, and—especially in the north—her billboards and posters showed more interest in her G20 status than in her ancient spiritual tradition. Narendra Modi’s photo was more ubiquitous in Varanasi than Shiva’s. The glitz of Mumbai exceeds that of Hollywood. But the India I went in search of, thankfully, can still be found.

Here are the friends I made along the way, which you might recognize from the descriptions in the piece: