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Author Paine, Jeffery, 1944-

Title Father India : how encounters with an ancient culture transformed the modern west / Jeffrey Paine.

Published New York, NY : HarperCollins, [1998]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  954 PAIN    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description vii, 324 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-310) and index.
Contents Introduction: Travels in Alternative Modernity -- Pt. I. Society. 1. The Great Game Gone Mad. 2. Old Priestess for a New Politics -- Pt. II. Self. 3. Rites Europeans Seldom Shared. 4. Head of Darkness -- Pt. III. Universe. 5. Spirituality's Back Door. 6. The Gandhian Century -- Conclusion: At the End of the World -- Epilogue: Trying to Remember the Twentieth Century -- Appendix. Interpreting the Interpreters.
Summary "Over the past hundred years, India has held an enormous fascination for western intellectuals and artists. Father India explores the life-changing influence of the subcontinent on western ideas of modernity by narrating the curious, spellbinding stories of a succession of twentieth-century Europeans and Americans. These major cultural figures - including Lord Curzon, Annie Besant, E. M. Forster, Carl Jung, William Butler Yeats, V. S. Naipaul, Christopher Isherwood, and Martin Luther King, Jr., among others - acted out their most secret dreams in India."--BOOK JACKET. "Gandhi's answer to the question "Why now?" as he observed one westerner after another come to his own ashram, is telling: The contemporary West had misplaced its soul, and pilgrims to India were on a mission to retrieve it. In the process, their unconscious assumptions about politics, religion, and identity in their own cultures were turned upside-down and laid open to question."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Travelers -- India.
Europeans -- Travel -- India.
India -- Description and travel.
India -- Civilization.
ISBN 0060173033