SUE’S HOLY WATER
SUE PERKINS takes an emotional trip along India’s beautiful Ganges River
SHE’S BEST KNOWN for her cheery personality and ready wit, but Sue Perkins shows a more serious side to her character this week when she travels more than 1500 miles along India’s Ganges River.
In this week’s first episode, the 48-year-old presenter meets hermits and holy people and visits Rishikesh, where The Beatles learned transcendental meditation.
We caught up with Perkins to hear more about her journey…
WHY IS THE GANGES SO SPECIAL?
It’s a river like no other – its waters bring life to hundreds of millions of people across India and, to a billion Hindus, it’s an immortal mother goddess who will wash a lifetime of sins away.
It’s beautiful, contradictory and rather pungent!
WAS IT A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE?
I know that everyone always says this on telly, but it really was emotional. My dad died six months beforehand and, as I live in London and it’s so fast-moving, I’d suppressed everything so I didn’t have to feel that surge of pain. This trip gave me the space to be truly sad. My dad’s really worth grieving.
A LOT OF THE TRIP – ESPECIALLY AT HIGH ALTITUDE – SEEMS GRUELLING I was utterly exhausted! But the more physically depleted you become, the calmer you are inside. Pilgrimages aren’t supposed to be easy!
THE JOURNEY GAVE SUE A CHANCE TO GRIEVE FOR HER DAD
SUE JOINS THE GANGA
SAGAR MELA RITUAL