THIS IS INDIA by Santha Rama Rau


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A lady in whom Western readers have come to delight presents herself once again as a guide of her homeland, in a charming book directed to the tourist. Warning that Western ignorance and Indian pride can tangle up a trip, she sets before us the wonders of the contrasting sections of her country, always with an eye to the significance to Easterners which Westerners may read amiss or simply miss entirely. Malabar, Madras, North India, the deserted and modern cities of the nation rise before us as our guide points out the delights and pitfalls of a visit. A sense of the Indian spiritual life, the meagreness of material holdings, of the history of North and South India is combined with what one may now expect in the way of hospitality, festival, art, nature in India. Our guide tells us that all conquerors of India but one remained to become Indian subjects, and that one had to retreat. One suspects that India's candor and charm will draw many who come to admire her, and they surely will enjoy and profit by this pertinent little book.

Pub Date: March 31st, 1954
Publisher: Harper