The Jaipur Sketchbook: Impressions of India
Chariton Review Press
"In a country of palaces and
pavement dwellers where does one look for a home? .... We are struggling
for a wholeness of vision that can encompass this world of marble halls
and that other world outside the gates, where streets teem with vendors
and beggars, gold and hunger, children, animals, and death, where
everything and nothing flies in the dusty air."
On learning kathak, one of the styles of
classical Indian dance:
"We tie the heavy ghungurus around our ankles--a
hundred little bells on each string that wraps half a dozen times around.
Then the namaste, brief sequence of homage, to Krishna, to the
guru, to dance, to music, to Apollo, to grace, to tradition, to
ritual--all flood through my alien mind as the arms circle wide,
fingertips brush the floor, palms press together before the face, then
fleetingly touch each instrument. All is ritual...
Ta tei tei tat, ta tei tei tat. The gap-toothed guru
speaks the rhythms, sitting complacently on his cushion, watching our
hands try to draw in the air the designs he sees, and that we strive to
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