photo shows our companion, Marshall, reading outside of Mehersthan,
the hut in the little village of Mahewa in the Hamirpur district where,
I believe, Beloved Baba first allowed people to shout "Avatar
Meher Baba Ki Jai!", acknowledging HIm as the Avatar of the Age.
(I will promptly check my facts with Jonathon.)
Hamirpur district is a bit "off the beaten path". Riding
in our van from Jhansi--the whole area is up toward Delhi--the towns
got kind of wild and wooly. It was the foothills of the Himalayas,
I believe. In the town nearest this village, most of the men walking
about had ancient-looking rifles strapped onto one shoulder. When
I see references to the "tribal areas" of Pakistan in the
news, I think of these towns. The town of Hamirpur itself, and the
small villages we visited, though, felt quite safe.