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Koch, Lewis, 1949- / Lewis Koch, notes from the stone-paved path : meditations on north India
(2003)

[Notes from Lewis Koch],   pp. 12 and 13-40 and 41


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Buzurg ibn Shahriyar.  The book of the marvels
of India. 1929. Page 144.
Ken River Gorge, Madhya Pradesh, 1996.
THE MARVELS OF INDIA
more dead than alive, one of the two men went
off.  'Where are we?' I asked his fellow.
'The smoke you see over there', he said,
'comes from the mainland.  My companion
has gone to the village.  You'll find there food,
water, and clothing'.  And thither we were
presently taken.  As for those who had stayed
on the three ships, not a soul of them all was
saved, but only those who had put out in the
long-boat."
CV
A truly astounding piece of
information is that communicated to me by a
sailor who had spent long years in India, and
to whom, in his turn, it had been imparted by
many travellers who had presented the centre
of the country: as how, in the territory of
High Cashmere, there is a place, called Terna-
rayin, where are shadowy gardens, watered by
running streams, and where the Djinns hold
their market.  You can hear the sound of their
voices, buying and selling, but their persons
you cannot see.  And thus it has gone on,
since an immemorial age.  "Do you know
if the market is permanent", I asked the
sailor, "or whether it only takes place at
certain times?"  "That I did not inquire",
he replied.
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