Seven thousand steps to go. It’s 2am, and I’m about to ascend Mount Girnar in Gujarat, cutting through the rocky and shrub-laden landscape of Gir Forest—home to the endangered Asiatic lion.
I’ve chosen to begin my journey at this odd hour to avoid the unforgiving heat of a long summer day. Historically, people have mostly climbed in an attempt to conquer. But this is no worldly journey; it is the kind of climb where you attempt to turn the gaze inward.
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August - September 2020