THE RIDE TO CHANDIGARH by Harold Elvin
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THE RIDE TO CHANDIGARH

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In Bombay four students joined the author in his bicycle trek across India. Equipped with only the barest essentials and little money, the company frequently gave recitals and concerts. However, the description of Indian hospitality would seem to indicate that these ceremonies were superfluous! It is the duty of an Indian to be hospitable to strangers. The stranger's accoutrements are well taken care of too. Sir Walter, (the author's bicycle) found himself adorned with flowers on occasion. Upper caste and lower caste alike placed themselves at the disposition of the group. When the author and the group parted according to plan somewhere in central India, it was not with applause. The students went their way to Calcutta, and Elvin onward to Chandigarh. Through the sensitive and compassionate impressions the reader gets a picture not only of exotic scenery and cave sculpture but of the different ways of looking at the world. India is an ancient country which the diversity and persistence of the culture reflects.

Pub Date: May 14th, 1957
Publisher: Macmillan