Carol de Saint Victor
Carol de Saint Victor teaches Victorian literature at the University of Iowa. She is currently completing a collection of life-stories by five women of Malaysia.
Mar 01 1992
Go Slowly and You Arrive
My first morning in India. I wake up at dawn and take a motor rickshaw to Old Delhi: just any street in Old Delhi, I tell the driver. It is as if I walk through familiar photographs and movies: men wash themselves at pumps, brush their teeth with sticks, sleep on rope beds; women prepare tea on open fires, sweeping a little space in front of doors; children run about; the continuous movement of people around carts past cows between rickshaws, seemingly without beginning and without end, contained only by two- and three-storey buildings of ground-level shops, upper-level living quarters and storage areas.