Words to kick off a trip to India

From Moby Dick:

“Round the world! There is much in that sound to inspire proud feelings; but whereto does all that circumnavigation conduct? Only through numberless perils to the very point whence we started, where those that we left behind secure, were all the time before us.

“Were this world an endless plain, and by sailing eastward we could for ever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there were promise in the voyage. But in pursuit of those far mysteries we dream of, or in tormented chase of that demon phantom that, some time or other, swims before all human hearts; while chasing such over this round globe, they either lead us on in barren mazes or midway leave us whelmed.”

Barren mazes indeed. Think about the dread in a person’s heart in 1840 when slipping lines in Nantucket for a six-month sail to the Antipodes, versus a middle-aged guy sitting in an airport in Providence, about to embark on something which would have seemed as fantastic  to Ishmael and Captain Ahab as a Star Trek teleporter would to me.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

0 thoughts on “Words to kick off a trip to India”

  1. I’m curious. How did you get to Bangalore — over the Pacific or the Atlantic? It’s more or less equidistant either way. I ask because the odds dictate that I’ll have to go again sometime and I’m always looking for a better way.

    Pros of a Pacific hop — Singapore Airlines!!! Nonstop to Singapore and then from SIN to BLR in 4 hours. A bit longer distance-wise, I think, but you avoid 6 hours in Frankfurt, plus you get the best airline in the sky.

    Pros of an Atlantic hop — a bit shorter, but 6 hour layover. Cons for us mere mortals who have to suffer in coach, Lufthansa is dreadful in steerage.

  2. “Roar & pull my sucklings… Beach me on that black back & I’ll give you my Martha’s Vineyard plantation!”

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