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Pilgrim of Love

Jilted lover Jeremy Lazell chases his ex from London to Jaipur and finds himself in a Vipassana retreat.

Jeremy Lazell

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There are lots of good reasons to go on a meditation retreat in India, but stalking your ex, I discover, isn't one of them.

It all begins on Clapham Common, on a bench scratched bare by graffiti. "I'm going traveling," Becca tells me. "To India. On my own." Manfully, maturely, I take it on the chin and book a flight to Delhi.   

I catch up with her at the Taj Mahal. Dusk descends, minarets purple, egrets blaze against the sky. Reconciliation beckons.From India with love   

"What the hell are you doing here?" gasps Becca.  

"I thought ... I thought..." I murmur, suddenly unable to think. "Look," she says, ''I'm leaving for Jaipur tomorrow—just leave me alone." Short, unequivocal. I pack my bags and catch the next train to Jaipur.

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