Chapter-22: My Kingdom for a Horse!

June 8, 1995

By Indradyumna Swami

After the morning program, I went with Sri Prahlada into Tashkent to buy a few necessities. I was still looking for a tube of insect repellent. We went to the biggest market, where the upper class people shop. Shopping in the market was not easy, for the reason that everyone who saw us stopped out of curiosity to speak to us. The people were polite and respectful, but their many questions made it impossible for us to do any shopping. After one hour we had made it only twenty meters into the store. The products in the market looked like something out of the 1950s in America, and I couldn’t even find insect repellent. What I would give for some good repellent! I remembered the king in Shakespeare’s Richard III, who falling from his horse in the crucial battle for his throne cried out, “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!”