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Author: Tahir Shah
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140286717
A Journey through the bizarre underbelly of the subcontinent. Revealing confidence tricks and ingenious scams, this book exposes a side of India that most writers never even imagine exists.
As a child in rural England, Tahir Shah learned the first secrets of illusion from an Indian magician. More than two decades later he set out in search of this conjuror, the ancestral guardian of his great grandfather's tomb.
This book is the story of his quest for and initiation into, the brotherhood of Indian godmen. Learning along the way from Sadhus, sages, avatars and sorcerers, he journeyed from Calcutta to Madras, from Bangalore to Bombay, in search of the miraculous.
In Calcutta, Shah is apprenticed to Hakim Feroz, a tyrannical master of illusion, who sets out to crush his student's spirit through grueling physical trials. Eventually, the magician unlocks the door to his secret laboratory. The miracles of India's godmen are at last revealed one by one: how to swallow stones, to stop one's pulse, turn water into wine, and many more.
Then just as Shah is making headway, Feroz announces that he's to pack his bags and set out at once on a 'Journey of Observation' which leads him to a cornucopia of characters. Along the way he witnesses a 'duel of miracles', crosses paths with an impoverished billionaire, and even meets a part-time god.
Tahir Shah has a genius for surreal travelling. . . Most heartily recommended Book.
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