Quote of the week


..He followed the Himalaya-Thibet road, the little ten-foot track that is blasted out of solid rock, or strutted out on timbers over gulfs a thousand feet deep; that dips into warm wet shut-in valleys, and climbs across bare grassy hill-shoulders where the sun strikes like a burning glass; or turns through dripping dark forests where the tree ferns dress the trunks from head to heel, and the pheasant calls to his mate... This is from "The Miracle of Purun Baghat" in The Second Jungle Book.

Sir Purun Dass, Chief Minister of one of the Native States of India, has decided to change his life. He has become a saddhu, a wandering holy man, begging his way across the land, and seeking enlightenment alone, away from the world of affairs. He is making for the high hills, where he will settle in a shrine high above a little village...