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Frosted: Straying from the oh-so-balanced and noble middle path and landing smack bang in two-tier Lumbini, the Buddha's alleged birthplace, where the so-called Buddhist nations have constructed extravagant temples and shiny monasteries amidst crumbling and neglected houses in a region of extreme poverty and dust.


"Religion is an attempt to get control over the sensory world, in which we are placed,

by means of the wish-world, which we have developed inside us. " 

(Siegmund Freud)

"I'm the cult of personality,

I exploit you, still you love me,

I tell you one and one makes three.

You gave me fortune,

You gave me fame,

You gave me power in your god's name,

I'm every person you need to be.

I'm the cult of personality. " 

(Living Color)

Frosted: Recalling a poem by Bertolt Brecht (The Carpet Weavers of Kujan Bulak) where he describes how villagers in totalitarian Soviet Russia in the first half of the 20th century ignored the prescribed cult of personality and how they decided to spend the collected money on mosquito-killing petroleum in the local swamps instead of on a new plaster bust of their idealized and worshiped party leader Lenin, disagreeing with Brecht's political and ecological views and agreeing with his pragmatism and humanism.


Frosted: Taking the Sakura express bus from Lumbini to gritty Bhairahawa (c. 20 km, ½ hour, NPR 50.- per person), a border town with a hectic Indian flavor, thereafter a local bus, jam-packed with people, live-stock and Luggage, from Bhairahawa to the incredibly dirty and sloppily managed border post (c. 5 km, ¼ hour, NPR 15.- per person), stamping out of Nepal, walking uneventfully over the border to Sunauli / India thus entering The Plains of India and the state of Uttar Pradesh (the heart of what is known as the Hindu "cow belt"), changing my watch from Nepali Time (GMT / UTC + 5:45 hours) to India Stretchable Time (GMT / UTC + 5:30 ), boarding a cheap and ramshackle government bus with bench-like seats and upright backs from Sunauli to Varanasi's Roadways Bus Stand (332 km, 13 ¼ hours, INR 279.- or US $ 4.50 per person) and lastly one of the hundreds of ubiquitous black-and-yellow auto rickshaws aka bajaj straight to my friend Arun's highly recommendable Singh Guest House + 915426457150 at Shivala Ghat located on the bank of the holy Ganga River (c. 5 km, ½ hour, INR 100.- or US $ 1.60).

"Food comes first, then morality."

(Bertolt Brecht)

For Raoni, Tien and Ronja:

Tourists and pilgrims from all over the world travel to Lumbini, where the sly little Buddha was supposedly born under a Bodhi tree over 2,500 years ago. They speak different languages ​​and come from very different countries and cultures, including food cultures, whereby most of them are somehow vegetarian (with or without fish, with or without milk, with or without eggs).

In the canteens in Lumbini I noticed that these tourists and pilgrims also brought their different eating habits and sometimes even eating utensils with them. Of course, many people eat very simply and completely device-free with the fingertips of their right hand.

(i) On the other hand, some use a large spoon (Speiseloeffel) or sometimes a small spoon (teaspoon) and use it to shovel food into their mouths, left-handed left-handed and right-handed right-handed.

(ii) Others hold a large spoon in their right hand and a fork in their left hand; with a fork you push your food onto the spoon and then spoon the food into your mouth with your right hand.

(iii) Most of the pasta (mee, chow my, spaghetti) are often eaten with just a fork in the right or left hand. But I have already seen that in addition to the fork in one hand, a large spoon is also taken in the other hand; the fork is then rotated and the noodles wrap around the fork, with the fork tips turning in the spoon like a warehouse (and scratching it).

(iv) When I see someone eating with a fork in their left hand and a knife in their right hand, and the fork in their left hand brings the fork to their mouth, then I usually already know where they come from, especially when the knife is in the right hand is never licked ... It is just as treasonable to first cut everything into small bites with the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right hand, then to put the knife next to the plate and with the help of the fork in the right hand to fork the prepared bites into itself (while the left hand is busy with secret activities below the edge of the table).

(v) And of course many eat with two sticks (chopsticks) made of bamboo, wood, horn, plastic or metal. You either take a small bowl in your left hand and bring it very close to your mouth, or you take a (Chinese) spoon in your left hand, fill it artfully with the help of the stick and then lead the filled spoon to the left with your left hand Mouth to slurp it empty.

Many years ago, when I was still a soldier, I sometimes had a large spoon in my luggage, among other things, with the right side ground like a knife. Very practical, especially because left-handers never borrowed this spoon from me for understandable reasons ... - What eating utensils do you use for dinner today?

From Nepal, with Love!

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