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Between Heaven and Hell - Travels Through South Asia
Between Heaven and Hell - Travels Through South Asia

Between Heaven and Hell - Travels Through South Asia

by Akhil Bakshi

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Language

English

Publisher

Odyssey/Timeless

ISBN

8190086211 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 561

Binding

Paperback

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Author: Akhil Bakshi
Publisher: Odyssey/Timeless
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 561
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8190086211

Description

Soon after the nuclear tests conducted by India and Pakistan, Akhil Bakshi led an 18, 000 km motoring expedition-Hands Across The Borders-to promote peace and development in South Asia. The journey, with activists from the region, was envisaged as a massive mass contact programme through the interiors of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan. Between Heaven and hell is an account of that momentous journey.

Though the prism of observant, trenchant humour, the book refracts issues of development, religion, politics and culture. Despite the mockery and jokes, the author confronts broad and challenging themes raging from caste wars to widow burning. Compelling descriptions of people and places, bold and entertaining accounts of events, and cracking yarns on gods and saints, priests and politicians, makes for a fascinating exploration of South Asia.

Much distance has been travelled in the book, encompassing a region rarely glimpsed as a whole. The author’s enthusiasm for South Asia enlivens every page. Wit, clarity and elegance of style make the book gripping and hugely enjoyable.

The text is enriched with 16 pages of colour and over 200 black and white photographs.

Contents

PART I: SRI LANKA

CHAPTER 1
Colombo

CHAPTER 2
Dambulla

CHAPTER 3
Anuradhapura

CHAPTER 4
Mihintale, Sigriya and Matale

CHAPTER 5
Kandy

CHAPTER 6
Nuwara Eliya

CHAPTER 7
Ratanapura

CHAPTER 8
Galle

PART II: COROMANDEL COAST

CHAPTER 9
Chennai

CHAPTER 10
Mamallapuram and Kanchipuram

CHAPTER 11
Tirumala

CHAPTER 12
Pondicherry

CHAPTER 13
Deltas of Krishna and Godavari

CHAPTER 14
Eastern Ghats

CHAPTER 15
Orissa

CHAPTER 16
Calcutta

CHAPTER 17
Jessore

CHAPTER 18
Dhaka

CHAPTER 19
Chittagong

CHAPTER 20
Cox’s Bazaar

CHAPTER 21
Chittagong Hill Tracts

CHAPTER 22
Comilla and Sylhet

PART IV: BHUTAN

CHAPTER 23
Sandrup Jonkhar

CHAPTER 24
Trashigang

CHAPTER 25
Bumthang

CHAPTER 26
Wangdue and Punakha

CHAPTER 27
Thimpu

PART V: NEPAL

CHAPTER 28
East and Central Nepal

CHAPTER 29
Kathmandu

CHAPTER 30
Pokhara

PART VI: INDO-GANGETIC PLAIN

CHAPTER 31
Bihar

CHAPTER 32
Uttar Pradesh

CHAPTER 33
Himachal, The Abode of Snow

CHAPTER 34
Punjab, The Land of the Five Rivers

PART VII: WESTERN INDIA

CHAPTER 35
Rajasthan

CHAPTER 36
Gujarat

CHAPTER 37
Maharashtra

CHAPTER 38
Madhya Pradesh

APPENDIX I, II, III

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