‘It is without any shadow of doubt the finest and most enjoyable piece of non-fiction that I have ever read.’ Jack Kelsey, founder trustee of SKCV
Quitting his job and selling his house, Mark Helyar travels to India. Discovering a dynamic side to its vast land and people, he becomes embroiled in a post-tsunami orphanage intrigue, lives with street kids and is the first Angrez to visit some of the remote villages of the Garhwal region in the Himalayan foothills.
His quest for adventure turns into a labour of love as he gains intimate access into the heart of a society rarely experienced by the western world. Sharing the hopes and fears of the young, the trials of Himalayan hill women and the anxieties of the older generation, he encounters a society in transition, continually torn between tradition and development, culture and belief.
As India emerges as a major world player, many people and communities could be left trampled in the dust. Their stories, bursting with life, paint a timely and revealing portrait of the spirit and determination of India’s hidden voices.
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other readers’ comments
‘Insightful, inspirational, honest and entertaining.’
‘Beautifully written, utterly compelling.’
‘A fascinating insight into a world I shall never see, but your book has enabled me to do it from the luxury of my armchair.’
‘Finished the book and enjoyed every word… Never enjoyed another person’s journey so much.’
‘Soul-searching and well-researched… Useful preparation for anyone planning to volunteer in a developing country, especially India.’