Project 365: Day 163 – Hanging with the Hare Krishnas

11th December 2014 – Kolkata, India

While the frenzy of shopping was threatening to take over,
I found some recourse, in an unexpected fervour of devotion.
While the market had all its baits and adequate pitfalls,
The man on the street, had his hands clapping to his own emotion. 
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The hare krishnas do have some ardent listeners. Especially in India – Kolkata, India

After the gruelling interview yesterday, I had to deal with shopping again today. So, I went with Victoria to the Hogg market in Kolkata. And while she shopped for saffron and sweets, I did the bargaining. I had to be useful in at least some way!

Outside the hogg market, there was a large crowd gathered. Turns out there was a group of Hare Krishnas, who were singing the Hare Krishna mantra outside. The International society of Krishna consciousness (ISKON), also known as the Hare Krishna movement, was founded in New York by Swami Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, and has been involved in building ISKON centres, temples and schools.

While all of the beatles may have singles with reference to the Hare Krishna movement, hence popularising them in the west, the membership is now largely fueled by Indians and East Europeans. The Hare Krishnas gathered outside the Hogg market, were all from Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

The lone guy sitting in front, who chanted along in an intrepid pace, was definitely Indian.


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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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