...while some Harvard students make Sangam their study ground
“We stayed away purposely because it is so crowded on the main bathing days. And we wanted to get a picture of the Kumbh beyond that,” says Prof Eck, who has written a book on Sacred Geography of Varanasi and is writing another one on the same subject for India.
Adds Dayno: “Usually, the pictures we get in the West are of the main bathing days, when there is crowd all around. The pontoon bridges are shown chock-a-block. But when we came here, we realised it is all so relaxed. Also, with all the sector system, it all looks so organised. We have been reading and theorising about most of the things here. But coming here has given us an idea of how actually things are.”
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