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The Strange Rise of Modern India
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North India – Delhi, Udaipur, Narlai, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi
February 24 – March 11, 2012 (16 nights)
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India by Edward Luce
The startling array of sensual, spiritual and
intellectual riches of India resists generalizations.
We will explore the dizzying contrasts of
the world’s largest democracy from throbbing
metropolis, to sleepy village, to the great regal
excess of the famous Raj, to the restorative
calm of the holy city of Varanasi.
Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie,
is at once a fascinating family saga and an
astonishing evocation of a vast land and its
people– an historical chronicle of modern
India centring on the inextricably linked fates
of two children born within the first hour of
independence from Great Britain. Thirty years
after its publication, Midnight’s Children
stands apart as both an epochal work of
fiction and a brilliant performance by one
of the great literary voices of our time. It has
won the Booker, the Booker of Booker and the
Best of the Booker Prizes, the only novel ever
to be so awarded. Edward Luce’s In Spite of
the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India might well be subtitled Midnight’s Grandchildren.
Published in 2011, it is a series of
acutely observed vignettes, held together
by a single theme, and an overriding question:
India will soon become a great power; what
kind of great power will it be?
We will return with a deep appreciation of the
ancient roots that still nourish the flourishing
growth of modern India as it moves towards
its new position as one of the major political
forces of today’s world order.
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A variety of comfortable Western style hotels and selected heritage palaces.
“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place.”
Keith Bellows (Editor-in-chief, National Geographic Society)
For 25 years, Gary Schoepfel has led and
taught folks how to lead book discussion
groups. Gary thinks India is a cat of a country.
She is ineffable, deep, inscrutable and
singular. India is a mystery and this mystery
intrigues him deeply.
US$5495 based on double occupancy
Fee includes readings, accommodation, two
meals a day, discussions, walking tours,
talks, excursions, and admissions.