The sociology of Nanpur, a small Indian village of about 2,000 inhabitants, written by its first and only son to receive a Western education. Prafulla Mohanti studied architecture in Bombay, town planning at Leeds University, has worked as a planner in London, and is now a dancer and painter. (This book is illustrated with 18 of the author's line drawings.) Mohanti describes the traditional institutions of his ancient Hindu rigid caste society and its social transition since the departure of the English colonial government in 1947. Fearful of ""haphazard development"" of industry with a subsequent decline and death of the village way of life. he writes with nostalgia for an age of cultural innocence. Except for geophysical disasters, poverty, hunger, disease, and social inequities, the author naively concludes, the human values of Nanpur are the basis of an ideal society.