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Author: Brian Paul Bach
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172230885
The author discovers not only a much overlooked and taken-for-granted ribbon of highway, but the country and people through which it passes. The observations, experiences, thoughts and sights along the way reflect the endless diversity of the country as it is now; interpreted with love, humor and lyricism as well.
Now appearing in its second, revised edition, The Grand Trunk Road From the Front Seat tackles in an epic sweep the whole route of this ancient thoroughfare across the face of the Indian subcontinent.
The tale is as grand as the Road, for it passes through the ancient heartlands of India and Pakistan; starting from the subcontinent's largest metropolis and ending on the threshold of Afghanistan. Following the rhythm of the road, the pace is sometimes determined, often leisurely, and just as often frenetic, for the passage of the Grand Trunk Road leads ever onward, towards its ultimate goal; the frontier town of Peshawar near the Khyber Pass. In the process, the whole swath of northern India and Pakistan is discovered and rediscovered. The Grand Trunk Road compels the traveller ahead, through everyday dramas as well as extraordinary circumstances, through two nations, one civilisation, always depending on the one line of communication to convey him onwards, all the way.
The author, an American in love with the subcontinent, progresses along the Road in any way he can, whether by wheeled conveyance in its many versions, or on foot. The experiences, observations, thoughts, and sights along the way reflect the astonishing diversity of this wonderful country as it is. All is seen and felt with love, humour, objectivity, and lyricism, as well as in the dusty light of morning. Always the epic society of the subcontinent is sought. And it is found - via the epic way across its breadth.