Table of Contents
  Index
PART I: Snow in Srinagar 
  Exile
  Reaching Srinagar
  The city of fame
  Rainy afternoon in ...
  Up the Sindh river in a doonga
  Snow in Srinagar
  Chilai Kalan
  Crossing the Vitasta
  Journey into the Himalayas
  Ishbar evenings
  Pony ride in the Liddar valley
  Views of Haramukh
  My father in Hawaii
PART II: Ten Thousand Years of Solitude 
  The Fire in the Waters
  Records of our lives
  Threads
  Ask Krishna
  The Conductor of the dead
  A Wounded bird
  The riddle of Isha
  Patanjali's song
  The hidden path up the hill
  Inner Sarasvati
  Naming things
  On high desert
  A small beginning
  Uncovering
  Seeking answers
  Nachiketa's dual
  Quantum implications
  Chance and necessity
  A Boy and his dog
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My father in Hawaii

The gardens in Kaimuki recall childhood dreams:
water, sand
black crater of diamond head
like the mountain over the Dal Lake
and the little stream behind the apartment
seems like the shrunken Apple River
the fence preventing the exploration
of the lock in its way
before it meets the big water. 

The park atop St. Louise Heights
with its pine trees
cool breeze
and the bowl of Manoa at our feet
like the clumps of trees
beyond the clearing of Gopadri hill. 

Walking up and down the hillside above our home
was like a little pilgrimage
to the goddess of the isles
a sister to the sparrow goddess
of our old city. 

We searched for him
on Haleakala
asked goddess Pele
who breathes fire and lava
drove over the winding mountains of Maui
searched again in the beaches at Lanikai
amongst the surfers at Waikiki
at the reefs of Hanauma bay
on the warrior boat
pulled by synchronized oars
returning past sunset.
The children are dazed
grasping hands
and a wail---
deeper than sorrow or regret---
emerged from the hollow of my heart. 

My mother cried for months and said:
A light joined another light
in Hawaii.

 

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