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Politics and poetics of a sacred route in Gagan Gill's travelogue. Avāk: Kailāś-Mānsarovar ek antaryātrā


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This paper addresses Indian Hindi poet Gagan Gill's account of her journey to Kailasa-Mansarovar. This is a text expressing the writer’s desire to visit Kailasa-Mansarovar, but it actually becomes a reflection on myth, faith, identity, geopolitical issues of the Himalayan areas, and her own sense of finally letting go her husband after his death, happened more than one year before the journey. The journey to the mountains presents a cultural encounter with a different culture, but it is also a profound and spiritual journey.


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