India for Idiots

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A funny, informative guide to the culture and etiquette of India. From why the cow is holy to a step by step guide to hand signals and head wobbles, India for Idiots attempts to demystify India for beginners. More

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Nonfiction » Travel » By region » Asia » India
Words: 12,570
Language: English
ISBN: 9780473182762
About Dianne Sharma Winter

My obsession with India has kept me on the road in various places across the world while I work on having a life that allows me to travel, allows me to plumb the depths of my creativity and keeps me in sporadic contact with my family. It's the life of a rolling stone, gathering no moss but also with a momentum of it's own. Sometimes there is a feeling of "stop this stone, I want to get off" or at least change direction. The direction I long for is straight to the heart of my grandchildren who keep growing so fast and at such a rate that it scares me sometimes! And sometimes when I am furtherest away is the times when I want to be close to hand for my family.

But given this little niggle and prod at my heart strings I also know and believe that if you are living and acting according to your dharma then you are always exactly where you need to be in life and that your soul and spirit do not recognize physical boundaries. We all take on a shape with which to experience life and I happen to believe that we get to experience as many shapes and forms and experiences as it takes for the soul to realize that we are all part of the Universal Oneness which is the Dream of the great Creator. It's this belief in action which has become my life, a life that is meandering through the scenic route instead of along the super highway. Wandering with a purpose that is between me and The Dreamer, stopping in wonder at the beauty of His Imagination and chuckling at His Divine sense of humor!

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Review by: Heather Hapeta on Sep. 24, 2012 : (no rating)
What a great beginners guide to India: after 3 visits there this book still fascinated, and taught, me things!

The number of gods and goddesses in this huge country are enormous and the authors little thumbnail sketches of some of the main ones are helpful.

I laughed at some of the descriptions and the light, non serious, almost tongue-in-cheek pieces that make it easy to absorb the info ... a must-read for all those going to India
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Gretchen on Feb. 11, 2011 :
This is a delightful book that explains the subtleties of Indian culture. It was a quick and fun read, and answered many questions... some of which I hadn't even formulated yet. I would recommend this book to anyone(especially women) who has been to or is considering a trip to India. The author's insight and knowledge from a non-native perspective make it worth buying!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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