Varanasi

Brilliant observations on an India you rarely see

Irish Eyes On Delhi

It’s often said that beauty lies within… That is most certainly the case when it comes to Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. If you’re influenced by the cosmetic exterior, the superficial face presented to the world, the piles of dung, open sewers and slimy stuff crawling around your feet as you dip in the Ganges then walk away. Walk away quickly, do not look back,
But…. If you take quiet pleasure in watching a 7am cricket game, where everyone brings one stump as they can’t afford a full set, where they welcome you unquestionably, where the kids chat to you on the way to school, then take a deep breath and plunge in.
When your having a chat with Prakash who is 11 and has been living in a hostel since he was 7 cos he’s the lucky one in his family, it will make you step back and reassess. He…

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About Amr Khalifa

An analyst, a political comentator on the uber complex Egyptian and MENA scene. I may not have every answer but I know the questions to ask. When not publishing in Ahram Online, Mada Masr, Daily News Egypt and Muftah I love the dynamic of the short story. If you adore the written word you have come to the right place. Pull up a chair and join me for a cup of literary tea.
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