I am what is called a Hindu Nationalist in my glorious land. There are some fellow Indians, on the left of center and who are called liberals, who are my good friends despite being on opposite camps. Tongue firmly in cheek they keep needling me about my loyalties and ask difficult questions on India, Hinduism and Indian culture.
I have now learnt to answer them by referring them to a fascinating book by an Australian writer and some of her quotes from the book. My readers already know that I place great store on writings about India by foreigners and this is another one instance. This is not however history but current affairs in India very well written about.
“In India I’ve slowly been learning that I’m not in complete control of my life…”
“India is beyond statement, for anything you say, the opposite is also true. It’s rich and poor, spiritual and material, cruel and kind, angry but peaceful, ugly and beautiful, and smart but stupid. It’s all the extremes.”
“India is the land of the profound and the profane; a place where spirituality and sanctimoniousness sit miles apart.”
― Sarah Macdonald, in Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure
If you are interested in reading something about India, that is easy to read and quite a pleasant experience, you can do no better than read this book.