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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (9 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349116784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349116785
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A refreshing read from a travel writer who hates travelling for its own sake. (INDEPENDENT)

Randall kaleidoscopically evokes his changing perceptions of the country's extraordinary perceptions of the country's extraordinary diversity in a travelogue full of sensuous detail, humour and poignancy. (OBSERVER)

A delightful book in the spirit of HINDOO HOLIDAY. (CONDE NAST TRAVELLER)

He does not skimp on the dark, sad nature of survival and how its dividend is brutality- despite which his version of India aspires to be elegaic as well as chaotic. (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)

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*A unique insight into an India never seen by tourists and a story of success against the odds.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Felce on 16 May 2005
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I bought the book as the reviews on Amazon were so good, and am glad that I took their advice. A well written, lighthearted travel book that genuinely draws you in, I found myself laughing a lot and was disappointed when i had finished it, a great holiday read!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kerri Rose on 22 Oct. 2004
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This book is fantastic! cannot recommend it highly enough! after reading approximately 20 pages i could not put it down and was already dreading the end of the book. i savoured each chapter and re read many of them because i enjoyed them so much. having had a love affair with india for many years , this book identified many of the emotions i have felt whilst visiting india. it is an honest, poignant, touching and funny account of the ups and downs of life in india. it made me laugh many times and the end made me cry (embarassing when on a domestic flight from gatwick to manchester!)Unlike mr Randall i struggle to find adequate words to express my emotions and feelings, but i just want to spread the word that this is fantastic , easy and enjoyable to read and i just wish it was 5 times longer!! i really hope Mr Randall goes back to india and gives us a follow up.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Benedict Dunhill on 9 Mar. 2004
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Will Randall's new book has seen him develop his literary style further since his unique first book "Solomon Time".
The self-doubting Randall's hilarious inner voice and his heart fill this exciting and passionate story of the author's time in an Indian slum.
Once again Randall seems to find himself at the whim of others as he appears almost incapable of making a decision! And yet, he is a man who does makes decisions that many of us would not.
This tale is a moving, funny and highly evocative story of Randall's successes and failures as finds that he cannot say "no" to a wild proposition to work in a slum school.
He writes with a beguiling honesty and a hilariously perceptive inner voice as he ponders his next move or contemplates his new surroundings. When Randall thinks too hard he usually makes the wrong decision; it is clear to the reader that he is a spontaneous character with an ability to infect others with his good will.
As a former teacher, Randall evokes the chaos of the classroom, be it in Bombay or Basildon, with an affection, and the odd moment of despair, that will be familiar to those of that noble profession!
This is a charming, witty and beautifully told account of an Indian Summer that will inspire any reader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tammytime on 20 Aug. 2006
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this is a fabulous book which is both humourous and heart breaking. the author by amazing coincidence ends up teaching English to a group of orphan children. its inspiring, emotional yet funny too. Fabulous read you wont be disappointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L O'connor on 21 July 2006
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Will Randall, bored with teaching in an english school, accepts an invitation from an eccentic elderly lady to accompany her on her annual journey to India to spend time with her lover. Once in India, he travels to Poona where he finds himself beguiled into teaching English at an ashram for homeless children.

The sights and sounds and smells of Poona are vividly described, and most fascinating of all are the varied and wonderful people Will Randall encounters, especially the children of the ashram, who are astounding in the courage, cheerfulness and optimism they display in the face of appalling poverty and desperation.

The book contains many passages that are hilarious, and some that are heartbreaking. The fascinating story climaxes with some small but very satisfying triumphs for the children of the ashram, which give a possibility of hope for the future. I couldn't put this enchanting book down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs on 7 May 2008
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Although the author has the same self-depricating humour as BB his stay in India was much more than a fleeting visit allowing him to develop deeper relationships and share impressions beyond his initial, on startled reactions. This is a funny, poignant, entertaining tale of a British school teacher who finds himself in two different worlds - switching between teaching orphans in the often heartbreaking poverty of the slums and the glamour and glitz of acting in Bollywood films. It's well written and thought provoking - ideal for anyone trapped in a rut and wondering what adventures a change of scene might bring.
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My absolute favourite of the author's adventures, Mr Randall brings humour and sensitivity to the vast world problem of poverty and its effects on our lives. He records the wonderful altruism shown by those who have so little to give materialistically and the good natured generosity afforded him, a foreigner adrift in Pune until he find himself helping to teach orphaned children in an ashram. These children had all suffered incredible hardships and yet had somehow retained the ability to have fun, to share, to wonder and to trust and love. The author in his modest way helped to raise funds to secure their new world at the same time ensuring that a good time was had by all involved. I hope I haven't made this sound dull, it is full of light and warmth and laughter and brings tears of joy as well as sadness and most of all hope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Royal Sister on 19 July 2013
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It was a good read. Having visited India the descriptions in the book were accurate. It's a light book, but a fun read.
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