Nearby Faraway - North-Indian Diary
So why would one travel to India?
There are some who seeks its exotic face, others nostalgically yearn
for the '60s India, when the country was being infested by ass of
hippies doing yoga, meditation and going to gurus was in fashion.
There are some who iews the adventure inside, and even others are
interested in the country of extremity and inconsequence, and a few
are disgusted by the Western world, and possibly hoping for
spiritual peace of mind. The truth is many of us are allured by this
country for various reasons. I was allured. I knew that once I will
start off the journey, but I had no idea when this time comes. I
knew that I needed to see it, to offer an opinion, no matter what
the result will be. After my journey I was in silence for long time.
For three years, the essence of experiences and impressions nursed
in my mind. With the right interval the experiences crystallized.
From all of these my North-Indian diary was born. Now, it arrived
already, so you can read it!
"Two very clean women in India. There are a lot of words about
purity in the diary both within ordinary and spiritual terms. The
author neither travelled across India as part of a group nor chose a
backpacker form of tourism. She started out to explore the world's
second most populated and colourful country according to her own
decision as a woman from far away: to explore a man-dominant
society. She discovered India without the awareness of the travel
guide series which tick off everything but rather and most
importantly she was armed with free pair of European eyes curious to
other cultures. This gives the volume's interest and
intimacy. Amongst the touristic attractions of Delhi, Darjeeling
and even the Himalayas where the author had to realise - besides the
wonderful, strange and rather unpleasant experiences in she took
part - she too was on an inner spiritual journey. The rules and
principles of consumer society are being questioned and re-valued.
"The way" gains a deeper meaning."
Gábor Lehotka, Reader editor
"The world's most populous democracy has a prominent role in today's
geopolitical power shift. With this emerging Asian, regional and
global economic centre of power and strategically important country
Hungary has excellent relationship. The increased interest towards
this subcontinent large country is understandable, hence India will
soon play decisive role in solving the questions concerning
humankind, while due to its economic development trying to raise the
standard of living of its population of more than a billion (amongst
many living in very poor conditions). This book provides very
descriptive picture about the understanding of everyday life and the
Indian miracle, based on personal experiences which I both recommend
to the wide audience of interest in the topic and to others as
Dr. Géza Pálmai
, Hungarian ex-Ambassador accredited to New Delhi
Edina Stanczik: Nearby Faraway
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