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Days and Nights on the Grand Trunk Road Paperback – Sep 1998

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FROM RONALD WRIGHT, author of Time Among the Maya and Stolen Continents: "Intrepid, perceptive, intelligent, and very funny, Anthony Weller is superb navigator through the tides of life and history in India and Pakistan. His vivid eye, questing spirit and, above all, his graceful writing make this extraordinary journey into both violence and serenity a reader's delight."

FROM SHASHI THAROOR, Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General, UNITED NATIONS, New York: "Stimulating and keenly observed." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Weller blends 3000 years of history with contemporary life. 28 April 1999
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Format: Paperback
Travelling along the GT Road is an expirience that one never forgets.The author gives an historical perspective of the points along the GT Road. He starts out in Calcutta, the city built by the Raj. Along the way he finds the foundations of the Jain and Buddhist religions. Weller writes about thses religions in an objective manner and gives a clear concise history of the religions along with their beliefs. Between these highlights he meets present day Indians. What he puts into words is what I thought but could not expess myself, both humorously and insightfully. I had lived in India for two years while serving in the Peace Corps. I felt the same frustrations he did in communicating and dealing with the bureaucracy.
This is an excellent book for one intending to travel through the subcontinent or has spent some time there.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
learning 5 May 2001
By todd clancy - Published on
Format: Paperback
A. Weller is a superb writer, I learned more about India in 10 pages than I could have in a year of school. Although the names, and dates can be eye crossing after awhile, it only showed me that mr. Weller did a ton of research, and cut no corners' in writing this book. From keen observations interspersed with humerous encounters with strangers' and beauracratic red tape, I applaud mr. Weller for writting a book the he could be proud of first, and not an "India for dummies". Rock on Tony!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great read about contemporary India 11 May 1998
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Format: Hardcover
Reading this book was a great way to take a journey from home. Weller makes great observations about everyday encounters while en route through Northern India. From truck drivers to border guards to off the beaten track historic sites, Weller informs and entertains. I was suprised that the book educates as it entertains. Weller explains various history and religon in a manner that is never boring.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Mildly entertaining travel book. 29 Aug. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
Not a bad book, but not particularly good either.
Weller, while intelligent and well-meaning, doesn't seem to know very much about India. To be sure, he's done some background reading -- at the end he provides a curious list of dated references -- but his knowledge seems flimsy. One does not get the feeling that he's studied or thought deeply about the country, its history or culture; but rather that he's parroting views he's read in books or that he's simply reacting to what he sees on the road. As a result one doesn't have confidence in his attempts to synthesize the meaning of India's past or its prospects in the future. What he has to say in this regard is rather banal in any case. I suspect he included these broad pronouncements -- about the population problem, about communal violence -- only because this is what people have come to expect from travel writers, instant and concise analyses of foreign cultures. Unfortunately not every travel writer is a Naipaul.
Also, his narrative of his encounters on the road is simply not interesting. It's not boring exactly, just bland. He meets uninteresting people, has brief uninteresting conversations, and then moves on.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining 25 July 1998
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Format: Hardcover
Having spent a month in India, and experiencing first-hand Indian roads and traffic, I found Days & Nights on The Grand Trunk Road to be as entertaining as a travelogue on the Travel more no less. Some errors intersperse the book, but are of little consequence to its overall flow. However, Weller should be aware that Muslims normally perform ablutions five times a day, preceding each set of prayers. The Pakistani fellow who advised him otherwise was grossly misinformed.
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