Varanasi is one of the cities in the world that has been inhabited for around four thousand years situated on the ganges it is the focal point for a number of religions the two patriots of jains were born there it is where the buddha preached his first sermon and for hindus there is no place more revered. Kaleidoscope city conveys wonderfully well the masti or love of life that the author says is the most striking characteristic of the people of varanasi kaleidoscope city a year in varanasi by piers moore ede is published by bloomsbury at 1699 it can be ordered from telegraph books 0844 871 1515 bookstelegraphcouk at 1399 . The travel writer piers moore ede first visited varanasi en route to nepal he knew little more than it was supposed to be interesting what he found was a 5000 year old experiment in human cohabitation and he has been returning ever since the holy city on the banks of the ganges river . About kaleidoscope city i will never forget my first sight of the river in varanasi from the narrowness and constriction of the alleys thronged with activity to the sudden release of the waterfront the labyrinths end . Situated on the left bank of the ganges in the state of uttar pradash varanasi is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world
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