A quick note before a bunch of us take off for India. Lots of preparation – reading, movies, visa, shots, packing, repacking. But how does one prepare emotionally for India? I don’t know. I am going, I hope, with an open heart and mind and no expectations of making sense of India.
l am sure I will be both CONFOUNDED AND BEWITCHED and need, at times, to take a lesson from Salman Rushdie. His protagonist, Saleem Sinai, in Midnight’s Children, says that as a baby, “I learned the first lesson of my life: nobody can face the world with his eyes open all the time.” How to see and not see? I hope you will follow our journey on our Classical Pursuits Facebook page. I may even manage a few Tweets. If this is all out of your realm, make a note of this url and check our Blog page often. https://www.classicalpursuits.com/category/journal/
Among the many things I am especially looking forward to are the Hindu festival of Holi, the festival of colour to welcome Spring and our visit to the offices and projects of World Literacy Canada in Varanasi. The Toronto-based NGO has fought to increase literacy and empower women and children in Canada, India, and Nepal for the past 56 years. View World Literacy’s great new video about its work in India.
Here is our itinerary.