“Please fasten your seatbelts,” said a flight attendant over the PA system. “we’ll be landing shortly at Swami Vivekananda International Airport in Raipur,” Wow! I was amazed to hear that the city of Raipu named their airport after Swami Vivekananda.

Swamiji lived in Raipur from 1877 to 1879 when his father Viswanath Dutta, an attorney at the Kolkata High Court, was transferred there. At that time, there were no good schools in Raipur, and the fourteen-year-old Naren (who later became the famous Swami Vivekananda) spent time at home learning from his father and discussing spiritual topics. I remember a story I had read about young Naren traveling in the countryside near Raipur in a bullock cart when the sight of a large bee hive caused him to go into a deep spiritual ecstasy.