chapter  Chapter 6
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On the Road, Songs, Purity and Food

WithRuma Bose

We were hoping to cover the main stretch over the next three days. Our enthusiasm was tinged with anxiety about how we would fare, and the question would we succeed? I was the oldest and a novice, my companions were in their middle age, and Harindra and Kamalaji had not been on the pilgrimage for eight years. My nagging doubts concerned not the hardship of the pilgrimage, but my fitness. My companions assured me that this is an extraordinary pilgrimage, where even those who only travel by car, find themselves walking bare foot the without prior preparation. This reassumed me.