AROUND INDIA by John Seymour


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An Englishman who enters India on a sailing boat as crew member might be expected to afford yet another view of India, and in many respects he does. For the approximate year that he spent in India (not counting wartime duty), he lived with Indians, chatted with them about caste and cattle, and thoroughly enjoyed himself. His treks in Madras to the land of no toddy; ruminations on the tolerance of Hinduism and the life of the temple, particularly that of the Fish Eyed Goddess in Madura; the discovery of the White Jews of Cochin and the Syrian Christians of Kottayam; plunges into the Kolar Gold field of Mysore and excursions to Nayar country all find place here. He considers the emerging works programs and ideas of the Indians, from Ghandi's Basic Education to the Community Development Program. Less inclusive and organized than Jean Lyon's Just Half a World Away (reported in the June 15, 1954 Bulletin, p. 374), this has a pleasant and rewarding air of appreciation and camaraderie.

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 1954
Publisher: John Day