- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (14 January 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330280236
- ISBN-13: 978-0330280235
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Slowly Down the Ganges (Picador Books) Paperback – Import, 14 Jan 1983
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Eric's `motive' for returning yet again to India is his simple like for the country and its people from his time as a "very junior" officer in the British Army - he never was an elite, plundering member of the Raj. One lyrical chapter covers their visit to Eric's old Army Post, now an Indian Army centre with the original mess hung with the records of two Sepoy who won the VC (Victoria Cross for Extreme Bravery) and a letter, rightly framed and accorded a honored placing, from another who, despite being a Prisoner of War in Germany writes back to his Battalion and requests that seven Rupees a month be stopped from his accumulating pay and donated to the International Red Cross.
Far from reflecting condescending attitudes or trashing the endlessly varied and fantastic cults of Indian religions and their sometimes bizarre rituals, Eric finds time to see, hear, record, and appreciate it all, and finds everything fascinating. Thankfully, when he does start to get a little too detailed about these extraordinary Kings that are a mile high and fight battles lasting a thousand years, we can rely on Wanda to add some pithy comment.
Rather than reflecting the perhaps expected 1980 Euro-Christian viewpoint, Eric contrasts one modern Indian mall, with its up-market restaurants, US Baptists Church and vendors of Christmas Cards and Scotch with the narrow lanes of the old `native city' where "here the atmosphere was friendly and there was an air of excitement and animation lacking in the European part".
How this talented pair of travelers manage to counter the frustrations and infuriations of India that I experienced I can only wonder at, admire and applaud and I look forward to reading more accounts of their ever-readable journeys together.
for a reason. But well written and an interesting author to say the least. Study up on
the author before diving into the book. No hurry.