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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The Hidden Path up the Hill

Autumn leaves and broken branches cover this path
and it breaks off at several places
winding around huge rocks
and over little streams
where one must jump over mossy boulders. 

At the end of the climb
is a bowl-like depression
with the softest grass---
sheltered by a huge canopy of branches
extending beyond the rock edge. 

I have spent many afternoons at this cove
breathing its jasmine air
listening to the pigeons
and the gurgle of the rivulet. 

The explorers have heard of this cove,
they are looking for diamonds
they will blast their way up. 

They will never find it.

 

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