The awareness of having limited time makes one thrifty and efficient\u2026so things one might otherwise put off, get done without any battles with one\u2019s lazy self.\nAnd so, knowing that we had exactly 2 days in Benaras, I pulled myself out of bed and to the terrace at 5.45 am to watch the sunrise.\nAnd it was completely worth it.\n\nThere was\u00a0 freshness\u00a0 \u2013 with thoughts not yet muddled up in the matters of life. There was purity in the oneness with the vast nature that stretched out before me. There was serenity \u2013 a rare feeling!\nAnd I just stood there and watched the city, the skies, the flooded ghats, examining life from every angle.\n\nThat\u2019s when I noticed the boats below:\n\nSome of the men had just woken up and others were still asleep.\n\n[image rotated]\n\nHere was this man stilled curled up in his bed in a boat in the Ganga!\nTo him this mode of spending the night might be commonplace but to me this was spectacular and immediately got added to my bucket list.\nAnd then I remembered\u2026..\nSeveral months ago, I met two traveling ladies in their 70s who had come over for a private viewing of the collection. They were originally from North America but considering the time they spent outside it, they could have been from anywhere. When I meet strangers that I might not possibly meet again, I try to seek out their essence in that brief meeting. And so I asked about their most interesting times in life.\nAnd she narrated this:\nIn the late 19060s and early 1970s, the young of the world were flocking to India in search of themselves, when the hippie movement was in full swing and the Beatles and Hare Ram Hare Krishna had made India a popular destination for\u00a0 soul-seekers.\nAt that time this lady signed up for a boat adventure (a cruise would not be the right word) on the river. Ganga.\nThe journey would begin at Hrishikesh and end at Kolkatta.\nAND it would be a row boat. A ROW BOAT!!\nIt would take 3 months to complete the journey.\nThe travelers would be protected from the sunshine by a canopy. And they would spend their time sitting on the boat \u2013 stopping at some of the cities on the way. At night, the boat would dock and a camp would be set up. Their support crew would travel by road along with their luggage to the next point and meet them every night. Every morning the camp would pack up after ablutions and again the travelers would make their way downstream along the river.\nFor 3 months!\nI added this instantly to my Bucket List \u2013 B. List B is the one in which ALL serious desires go to first and then after some adaptations that make it to suitable to my particular life, get upgraded to List A.\nAnd in the scene I saw that morning, I can see a good-enough adaptation \u2013 to go and spend a few days inside the lives of these boatmen rowing from maybe Allahabad to Benaras\u2026. very do-able. Someday soon\u2026.\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nBack to \u2018Ganga Diaries\u2019\njm\nSpet 2016\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post A Journey for the Bucket List appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.