Before you proceed
Hindu have strong believes in the
religions thosands of pilgrims visit
different holy places .
Vikram Seth likes to travel different
places and is fascinated by the pepole
and the atmosphere of the holy place.
Let us read the travelogue an extract
taken from Heaven Lake by vikram
About the author
Biography of Vikram Seth
Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist,
children's writer, biographer and memoirist.
Vikram Seth was born to Leila and Prem Seth in Kolkata ON
20 JUNE 1952. His family lived in many cities including the
Bata Shoe Company town of Batanagar, Danapur near
Patna, and in London. .He spent part of his youth in London
but returned to his homeland in 1957. After receiving primary
and commencing secondary education at the Doon School in
Dehradun in India, Seth returned to England to Tonbridge
Travel writing: From Heaven Lake: Travels Through
Sinkiang and Tibet
His travel book From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang
and Tibet (1983) was his first popular success and won the
Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.
Vikram Seth's Novels
The Golden Gate (1986)
A Suitable Boy (1993)
Equal Music (1999)
A Suitable Girl (2013)
When he reaches Pashupatinath he
find that there is lot of crowd and utter
He sees a sign in front of the temple
which proclaims Entrance for the
the devotees and the Westners are
struggling to enter inside the temple.
The author sees the washer women on
the bank of the river and people bathing
and performing different rituals.
People cremating dead bodies on the
banks of river Bagmati.
he hears the sound of Monkeys, fighting
and jumping on the Shivlingas of
He comes to know the belief of the
people about the end of the evil period of
Next he visited baudhnath shrine were he find a
sense of stillness
Around the temple on the road he found small shops
of tibetan immigrants sellings felt bags, silver
The author fine that Baudhnath shrine is a
haven of quietness in the busy street of
Busy street of Kathmandu
He passes his time roaming on the
narrow and busy street.
He sees fruit seller, flute seller,
hawkers shop selling western
cosmetics, film rolls, copper utensils,
chocolates and Nepalese antiques.
The street seems to him noisiest due
to the film songs blare of the loud
speakers traffic horns lows of the
cows and the vendors shout.
He becomes tired and decided to go
back home and return to his hotel.
A flute seller catches his attention due
to his carefree style of selling flutes.
He comes to know about the different
flutes of the worlds which unites all in
a one single thread of universality.
The author is deeply affected by the
phrases on the bansuri.