Chapters

  1. Street Pandemonium – Traffic, varna hierarchy
  2. Surviving the Himalayas – Mussourie, roads, Durga, maya
  3. A Day with Mahavir – Chandigarh, village, gram-devta, films
  4.  Planets and Gems – Jaipur, namology, stones, karma
  5. At Dawn – Country road, morning puja, work segmentation
  6. Family Obligations and Traditions – Sansika, Buddha, Kannauj, purity
  7. Meeting with the Mayor – Gorakhpur, jainism, hijras
  8. On Paper – Jaipur, ardhanareshvara, panchayat, Manu’s Laws
  9. Standards of Happiness – Arogya Mandir, women’s lives
  10. Kalpna’s Wheel – potters’ village, Shiva linga
  11. Richa’s Dedcation – teacher training, songs away from home
  12. The Old Man – Mathura, Bhagavat Gita, serving for life
  13. A Walk with Shilpa – Puna, Ganesha, Hindi speicifics, multiligialism
  14. Language of Poetry – Lucknow, Urdu, mushaira, muslims
  15. The Suffering of Millions – Ajmer, dargah, Partition, Gandhi
  16. At Sunset – Haus Khas, widows
  17. House in the Cemetery – Mussoorie, dalit, jati system, Manu’s Laws
  18. Ganga Ma – Benares, sadhus, the Ganges
  19. Blessing – Bithoor, Ramayana, Brahma, ritual
  20. Sarasvati’s Manifestation – Haridvar, Sarasvati, RigVeda, Indo-Aryans
  21. A Mansion and a Neighborhood – Jain people, four ashrama, schools
  22. A Burning Issue – women, dowry, female fetocide, sons, Manu’s laws
  23. Radhika’s Turban – Amritsar, Sikhism, adoption, equality
  24. In Sagar’s Hands – Hyderabad, churning of ocean, food types, restaurant
  25. Mohil’s Ethics – Bengalore, Indian politics, Arya Samaj, politicians
  26. About the Moustache – Mysore, palaces, masculinity, barber’s shop
  27. Two are more than one – Kayasth jati, village development
  28. Baba ji – aghori, guru, miracles
  29. Lila’s Worries – water deficiency, Parsees
  30. A Promising Tomorrow – middle class, future