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Beautiful Country: Stories From Another India is a rare glimpse into a beautiful and compassionate India, one that is unmarred by the avarice and arrogance of modern life.
The two authors--citizens of the Indian Nation, which is on the verge of becoming a global superpower--were seized by a desire to see the 'real India'. They set on out on a long journey across roads less travelled, and were beautifully rewarded for their efforts by the rarest of rare sights into the heart of India. They returned from their enlightening journey with their hearts full of love and their minds full of colorful stories--those that they have chronicled in this book.
Their journey brought them face to face with an assortment of people from all walks of life, from women who had successfully reduced the number of infant deaths in rural Maharashtra, to young doctors who had given up lucrative jobs to provide healthcare to the poor tribal population of Chhattisgarh.
The story of a weaver who could only afford to feed her son tapioca water as nourishment was especially heart-rending. From the untouched forests of the Andamans to the colourful streets of Varanasi, from the tea estates in Jalpaiguri to the turbulent life in Manipur, the duo took in as much of India as they could.
The book has the potential to leave the readers filled with conflicting emotions - equal amounts of despair and hope, a sense of victory as well as loss. The readers will be inclined to agree with the authors that the real India lies not on the front pages of newspapers, but in the hearts of ordinary citizens.
Beautiful Country: Stories From Another India was published in 2012 by Harper Collins India. It received highly positive reviews for its moving portrayal of a lesser known India