Which is the monument to the triumph of the human spirit over matter: the germ-eaten hovels on the shorelines of the Ganges or the Atlantic skyline of New York?
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The bush of Africa was outside their yard; but they spoke no French, no African language, and from the way they behaved you would have thought that the river just down the road was the Ganges, with temples and holy men and bathing steps.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
If Hinduism flows placidly like the Ganges, then Christianity bustles like Toronto at rush hour.