Passages from India #2: The Boy Who Would Be King

There is an Indian demigod living amongst mortals in Varanasi, at Janki Ghat, along the banks of the Ganges. He is 13 years old and his name is Rahul.

Sunrise over the Ganges

Rahul gets up at 4 am every morning, reads school work for one hour, has a “shower” (a ceremonial wash, puja, in the Ganges) then touts sunrise boat-ride customers for his uncle, has breakfast, goes to school until 4 pm, touts and rows for customers until 8 pm, then does his schoolwork and revises for exams until 11 pm. He wants to be a doctor.
This regime would break most, young and old, but Rahul is incorrigibly cheery and a joy to be with, and has both a business sense and wit to match Armando Iannucci and Deborah Meaden’s lovechild.
In India, these superhuman qualities can mean only one thing. Rahul is clearly descended from the Hindu pantheon, and must be an avatar, one of its 3,000,000 gods.

The living Lord God Rahul and uncle (rowing).

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About JFDerry

Writer. Darwin, science & more. 4 books: Piospheres, Darwin in Scotland, Serial Killers. Current project is THE DISSENT OF MAN. Born near London, raised near Primrose Hill and in Lincolnshire, and studied at the Universities of Bangor, York and Edinburgh for degrees in Biochemistry, Bioelectronics and Biological Computation, and a PhD in African Ecology. Mainly working in British and African universities, but also in Spain, Brussels, Mongolia and Australia, to date, publication history is mostly in academic journals, on aspects of computational biology, pastoralism and on Charles Darwin and evolution. However, also written for several national newspapers, various governments, several major record labels and independent book publishers. Fiction has appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and poetry is at the Human Genre Project. Lives in Edinburgh, with partner and their two daughters.
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