The first rays of the rising sun kiss the sandstone on the ghatscape before reaching deeper into the city’s labyrinthine galis. It may be symbolic and accidental, but the combination is unique.
Banaras may not be the oldest continuously inhabited city on the earth but is definitely the oldest continuously inhabited city on the banks of a river. Moreover, it’s the holiest city of the world for Hindus. Like Jerusalem, Mecca or Rome are for other major religions of the world, Banaras is not just a place but an idea that exists in their mind. There are many kasiphobes (kashidrohi I call them) I know, and there are few kasiphiles too whom I count among my acquaintances (have a couple of them in my family too). They all have their own constructs of the city.
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