Thomas K. Shor

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September, 2022

The Baba Downstairs
The Life Story
of a Misfit Indian Saint

Shortly after Vikram moved in downstairs and started telling me his life story, he told me the rule by which he lived his life:

“Live such that no one can make an adjective stick to you. Accept no one’s label. Confuse them. Act one way one moment, and another way the next. Make them wonder. Make them guess. Is he a good man or a bad? Could he really be a saint? Or is he a rogue? What is he? Is he a mystic, or is he just a fool?”

From my side, I felt as if I’d entered a scene I’d sometimes imagined as an opening for an as-yet unwritten piece of fiction...
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A Step Away from Paradise

The True Story of a Tibetan Lama's Journey to a Land of Immortality

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Into the Hands

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An Indian Sojourn

with a Harvard Renunciant

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The Master


A Journey through Politics, Doubt and Devotion with a

Himalayan Master

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The Monk & the

Sly Chickpea

Travels on Corfu

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Leopard in

the City

An Urban Fable

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Sculpture Garden

of the Gods

Animated Landscape Photography from the Greek Island of Ikaria in Black and White

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Ganges Lament

Black & White Photographic Portraits from the Sacred Indian City of Varanasi, on the Ganges River