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S: I. A Beautiful Woman With Her Eyes Closed. '05

BC: Abre Los Ojos

FC: I. A Beautiful Woman With Her Eyes Closed. | '05

1: If there is a knower of tongues here, fetch him; There is a stranger in the city And he has many things to say. | Delhi

3: The city is an enchantress. When it kisses you, you are lost, whether you are commoner or king. | Fatehpur Sikri

5: But reason was a mortal divinity, a god that died, and even if it was subsequently reborn it inevitably died again. | Salim Chisti's Dargah. Jama Masjid. Fatehpur Sikri.

6: Keep your secret. Secrets are for children, and spies. And for sorcerers, And for lovers too. And for kings.

7: Agra Fort | ...and in this loveless world it maybe that its wiser to dream than to be awake.

8: The world was not only one thing. We are their dream. And they are ours.

9: So the emperor was left to question his memory and wonder how much of his waking life had been infected by dreams. | Taj Mahal

10: A Dreamer Could Become His Dream. | Taj Mahal

11: The King was not content with being. He was striving to become. | Sikandara

12: All men needed to hear their stories told | Sikandara

13: His quest was really very simple. The nature of the world had become clear. When things seemed clearest , however they were invariably at their most treacherous. | Lonliness is the wanderer's fate. He is a stranger wherever he goes, existing only through the power of his own will.

14: All our certainties are being blown away and we live in a universe of mystery and doubt. A fierce, commanding woman, was not attracted to the concept of doubt. It was her opinion that she knew what was what, had been brought up to know it, and it was her duty to convey that information to everyone as clearly as possible. | Kasauli. Rock Garden.

15: Then a strange moment came, a moment of the kind that changes the fate of nations, because when a crowd loses its fear of an army the world changes. | Red Fort.

16: ...because names were things of power, and when they did not fit the thing named they acquired a malign force. | For a man to be at peace with himself he must be at peace with all others.

17: Only when we accept the truths of death... ...can we begin to learn the truths of being alive | Humayun's Tomb

18: Could a god, once created, become impossible to destroy? Did such fictions acquire an autonomy of the will that made them immortal? | Lotus Temple, Delhi

19: Birla Mandir, Jaipur | The story was completely untrue, but the untruth of untrue stories could sometimes be of service in the real world.

20: In this half- discovered world, | ...everyday brought news of new enchantments.

21: Jaipur

22: ...beautiful little pieces without which a man who traveled constantly might lose his bearings, for too much travel, too much strangeness and novelty, could loosen the moorings of the soul.

23: You haven't stopped being a child. You still think that home, at the end of a long journey, is a place where a man finds peace. | Amer Fort

24: Here was the eternal business of buying and being bought.

25: Jaipur

27: When solitude was banished, did one become more oneself, or less? Did the crowd enhance one's selfhood or erase it? | Choki Dhani, Jaipur

28: Human beings were not singular creatures, they were plural, their lives were made up of interdependent forces, and if you only shook one branch of that tree who knew what fruit would fall upon your head.

29: This may be the curse of the human race... ...not that we are so different from one another, but we are so alike. | Rajasthan

30: The self maybe royal, but it hungers like a pauper. It may be nourished for a moment by the inspection of such cocooned wonders as these, but it remains a poor, starving, thirsty thing. And it is a king imperiled, a sovereign forever at the mercy of many insurgents, of fear, for example, and anxiety, of isolation and bewilderment, of a strange unspeakable pride and a wild, silent shame. The self is beset by secrets, secrets eat at it constantly, secrets will tear it down and leave its scepter broken in dust.

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