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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat informative book
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2018
You don't have to be visiting India to love this informative book. The author takes readers into the culture, traditions and history of India in a way that is well written and informative, while also being a delightful read.The author teaches readers about an assortment of things, from the size of the country to favorite sports and vivid culture. I was most fascinated by the two epic poems that are apart of India's culture. The Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Both are epic poems that teach important lessons akin to religious books. The author is one of my favorites and always produces well written books with incredible information. I also love that she added some great photographs that add to the text. As always, this author is well informed and readers are lucky to have her share her knowledge.
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2019
The book is short and you’ll buzz through it. Good basic information laid out in well designed chapters. It could use some gramatical and sentence structure help. Doesn’t have basic tourist/touring info and likely you can get most of this in the first few chapters of standard travel books. I bought the Kindle version which worked well and the price was right!
1.0 out of 5 starsA school boy's essay on Indian Culture
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2019
Cultures are complex and Indian culture is even more complex. This short paper is written by a patriotic Indian who wants to explain his country to foreigners. (At least I assume that he is patriotic, he certainly comes across as a quite agreeable and nice chap, the type of guy you would like to hang out with.) However, just as native language speakers are at a loss when they are asked about the grammar of their mother tongue, (Just ask me how many moods there are in German, I would have to look it up in wikipedia.), so people without extensive cross-cultural experience are useless in explaining a culture to outsiders. Add to this the great diversity of India, and you will not get something very informative. The book is written from a Hindu perspective and makes little allusion to the experience and culture of minorities. It is all too much optimistic about overcoming castisms in every day life and has nothing about community based violence, an Indian euphemism for violence based on religion. Two weeks of reading Indian newspaper are probably more informative than this book.