ISBN 9789380070407,Northeast India Handbook

Northeast India Handbook


Om Books



Om Books

Publication Year 2010

ISBN 9789380070407

ISBN-10 9380070403

Hard Back

Number of Pages 360 Pages
Language (English)

Northeastern & North Atlantic states

A journey through the Northeast India Handbook can take you from a coffee house political debate in intellectual Kolkata to ash-smeared Varanasi, gazing across the Ganga through plumes of smoke - another soul's blissful release into moksha; from Bodh Gaya, where pilgrims seek peace beneath the Buddha's Bodhi tree, to Puri, home to one of Hinduism's most riotous festivals; from tiny Sikkim, so ethnically Himalayan and so clean that you can forget you're in India altogether, to the Christianized hills on the frontier with Myanmar, where elders in hornbill-feather headgear oversee traditions that predate the 'universal' religions by millennia.

Veteran broadcaster Mark Tully perfectly summed up India's Northeast when he described the country as "a land where there are no full stops". Here, the India of old - steam trains lumbering through misty tea gardens, Bengal tigers stalking the mangrove forests, golden monasteries perched on mountain peaks - collides with the tensions that underlie the modernization of the New India.