My Passage to India
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This travelogue of India is based on a thirteen week visit to a relatively undiscovered country.The book captures various aspects of the India: its culture, customs, peoples and religious beliefs. Moreover, it shows how Western benchmarks or preconceptions do not necessarily well serve the tourist hoping to understand what India means to its native dwellers. More
My Passage to India is not just another conventional tourists' guide to a foreign country; it is not, therefore, in the tradition of books like Rough Guides, or Frohmer's or Michelin from Guides. It contains no hotel recommendation, no places to eat, no "must see" sites. My Passage to India is a highly individual and individualized view of a small part of India from the vantage point of an Indian university campus situated in the province of Maharastra.Among other things,the book examines city life, shopping habits, student culture, driving, religion, food, family life, the middle class, poverty, wealth, bribery and the Indiam concept of time. Perhaps most important, My Passage to India opens the eyes of the author to the vast differences between and among cultures: what is natural and run-of-the-mill to Indians is astonishing to him. It leads him to weigh and question his own values and priorities in light of the vastly different values and priorities of the natives of this endlessly fascinating country.
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