A young man determined to discover India for himself, walks 2000 miles across India - along the banks of India's most sacred river from Ganga Saga in the Bay of Bengal to Gau Mukh high in the Himalayas. This is the very personal and enchanting story of his solo journey.
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Almost 25 years have passed since I walked 2000 miles beside India's holiest river and, since then, much of the continent has outwardly changed - at least in the cities. My original motivation was to escape the cities and reach the rural areas, where most people in India still live. I don't know how much has changed in the lives of the specific people and places I encountered. But if I were going again, I'd still choose to walk or maybe use a bicycle.From the Inside Flap:
Speaking little Hindi and no Bengali, Dennison Berwick set out to journey alone and on foot from the mouth of the Ganges to its source in the Himalayas. The journey took him over six months and was undertaken for charity (the Save the Children Fund) but the freshness and love with which Berwick writes about India and her people also betrays a deep-seated fascination with Asia.
Accepting hospitality where it was offered, sleeping rough where it was not, Berwick only stopped off twice during the course of his journey: once in Calcutta, and once before beginning his final accept to the source of the Ganges, some 12,000 feet up in the Himalayas.
This lively and graphic travelogue is an unusually fine record of Northern India today. Intermingled with adventures of the Grand Trunk Road and details of diet and custom are fascinating digressions on Indian history, religion, art, society, economics and politics. Berwick's experience, coupled with an open and amused response to the ups and downs of life in India, combine to make this a wonderful portrait of India in no way eclipsed by such modern classics as Slowly Down the Ganges or To The Frontier.
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Book Description Hutchinson, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091637600
Book Description Hutchinson, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110091637600