"Civilization exists by geologic consent, subject to change without notice."
"Well, nonetheless, nature still exhibits manifestations which defy all methods of collecting information and data. For example, an earthquake may occur, or a tidal wave may come in, or a hurricane may strike. And the information will lag critically behind our ability to control it."
बा सी मर्ढेकर (B S Mardhekar):
"असशील जेथे तिथे रहा तू,
हा इथला मज पुरे फवारा !"
I bought much praised, best-seller in India, Diana L. Eck's "India A Sacred Geography", 2012 in January 2013.
I did not find it very exciting unlike Wendy Doniger's "The Hindus: An Alternative History", 2009. I thumbed through it and since then it remained on "to read" list.
Last night I went through its index for Kedarnath. It appears most between pages 226-33.
I read those pages. Not an inkling it gives that "June 2013" might happen there one day.
Maybe I am wrong. Maybe I think so today. Maybe such things have happened in the past but have gone unrecorded. Maybe I am having a stroke of 'cemetery-reclusion' (स्मशान वैराग्य) after reading and watching about the disaster...But as long as I live, I will always associate Kedarnath more with the colossal tragedy that took place in June 2013 than Lord Shiva's abode,,,
Kedarnath Temple in the high Himalayas
courtesy: Diana L. Eck's "India A Sacred Geography"
The book ends with these words:
Why should I go for "chardham" pilgrimage when he is sitting in his house? And even if he is not, as poet B S Mardhekar says in the quote at the top: You stay where you are, for me sprinkling here will do !