Benares Ghats

Ghats at Benares on the Ganges – 1985

Benares Women Fixed 22 Feb '15

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5 March 1933

From Writers Almanac:

On this day in 1933 the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote in German parliamentary elections, enabling it to join with the Nationalists to gain a slight majority in the Reichstag. Within three weeks, the Nazi-dominated Reichstag passed the Enabling Act, which gave Hitler dictatorial powers and ended the Weimar Republic in Germany.

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Ganja Sadhu – 3

Puri, India – 1985

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Ganja Sadhu 1- Kathmandu 1985

Ganja Sadhu   Pashupatainath – Near Kathmandu  1984

BABA 1-Process (3)

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Elephants Snorkeling – Sri Lanka

Elephants Snorkeling

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Kowloon – 1984

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Chungking Mansions – Postcard From Kowloon – 1984

 

Kowloon Air Shaft
Chungking Mansions

Third world Casa Blanca
smell of spices and fried foods
rise from a first floor farmers market
jewelry on the cheap
watches and cell phones
might last for a week
three if you’re lucky.

Labyrinth of aisles and warrens
maze of small shops
harried clerks and throngs of customers
newspapers from a world of nations
foods of any taste.

An edgy gritty feel
above all this
some twenty floors of small one-star hotels
rest stops for immigrants and new arrivals
Lonely Planet tourists
travelers of low means
a constant rattle of Mahjong tiles echo in the air shaft by my window
looking out on other rooms the same as mine
the price is right
stay here a day or two at most.

On my way out this early morning
passing still closed shops
the biggest rat I ever saw!

Koloon 2

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