By Banana Yoshimoto
Tales, "Kitchen" and "Moonlight Shadow," instructed during the eyes of a couple of latest younger jap ladies, take care of the subject matters of moms, love, transsexuality, kitchens, and tragedy.
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He had all his possessions with him - a bundle, an umbrella, prayer-beads, and a begging bowl - and they were scattered around him where he lay propped against a latticed arch. There were also some bits of dried bun on a newspaper. He said he didn't know how long he had been lying here - sometimes it was dark and sometimes it was darker, he said. He had been thrown out of the travellers' rest-house when his two companions had moved on. He had then tried to continue his pilgrimage, but feeling very ill on the road, had dragged himself back to Satipur.
It is as if all reason and common sense are being drained out of the air. Every now and again he gets those monstrous erections of his and I have to fight him off (quite apart from anything else, it's just too hot). He is also dirty - bathing is one Hindu ritual he doesn't practise - and since he doesn't believe in possessions for himself he thinks other people shouldn't have any either. I have had to start hiding my money, but he is quite clever at finding it. Today I got so exasperated with him, I threw him out.
Maji explained to me about pilgrimages. She said "If someone is very unhappy and disturbed in their minds, or if they have some great wish to be fulfilled, or a terrible longing inside them, then they go. It is a long long journey, high up in the Himalayas. Very beautiful and holy. " She laughed loudly, then took his cheeks between her hands and squeezed them lovingly. ” Maji said "All sorts of people go from all over India. They travel for weeks and months away from their homes in order to reach there.