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Aatish Taseer left New York City behind and traveled to Varanasi to learn Sanskrit and to connect with the ancient learned tradition of India. Taseer joins us today to talk about his experiences in Varanasi, which he wrote about in his book The Twice Born: Live and Death on the Ganges (FSG 2019) out now in paperback. In The Twice Born, Taseer uses explores the tensions between tradition and modernity through the lens of Brahmanical culture.  In the podcast episode, we also talk a great deal about Modi, Hindu Nationalism, their parallels with Donald Trump, and authenticity and fraudulence in travel writing.  You can connect with Aatish Taseer on Twitter and Instagram. Listen to the Episode More Episodes & Support I hope you enjoyed this episode of the Travel Writing World podcast! Please consider supporting the show with a few dollars a month, less than a cup of coffee, to help keep our show alive and advertisement-free. You can also support the show by leaving a positive review on Apple Podcasts or in your favorite podcasting app, subscribing to the show, and following us on Twitter & Instagram. Finally, join the Travel Writing World newsletter to receive your free copy of The Travel Writer’s Guidebook. You will also receive quarterly dispatches & reports with podcast interviews, travel writing resources, & book recommendations. Thanks for your support! Listen on YouTube Intro Music Peach by Daantai (Daantai’s Instagram) .ugb-d4ee5ee .ugb-block-content{justify-content:center}.ugb-d4ee5ee .ugb-button1{background-color:#0693e3;border-radius:4px !important}.ugb-d4ee5ee .ugb-button1 .ugb-button--inner,.ugb-d4ee5ee .ugb-button1 svg:not(.ugb-custom-icon){color:#ffffff !important}.ugb-d4ee5ee .ugb-button1:before{border-radius:4px !important}.ugb-d4ee5ee .ugb-inner-block{text-align:center}SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST

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