Nothing prepared Murray Laurence for India when he first <g data-gr-id="49">travelled</g> through the country in the 1970s. His first impressions were of its ‘surpassing weirdness’ but it soon cast a spell on him, and for the next forty years, he kept returning to India over and over again.
Writer Murray Laurence is a funny and sharp writer. He studied Asian Politics and has a keen eye for observation. According to him, Indians are known for their spontaneous warmth and generosity. This book is written stylishly and is very funny.
His early journeys in the crowded third-class compartments of slow trains or in rickety buses to obscure towns and villages in the great Indian hinterland often led to strange encounters and travel disasters.
Honey-tongued tricksters assailed him, bizarre locals and foreigners tried to explain the country to him, pompous officials waylaid him with impenetrable assertions and mystifying rules, and <g data-gr-id="53">a myriad other picaresque entanglements</g> with outrageous characters ensured that every trip he made was memorable.
In all the chaos and quirkiness that surrounded him, the one thing he could always count on was the spontaneous warmth and generosity of Indians which often revealed itself in surprising circumstances.
Closely observed, stylishly written, and very very funny, Subcontinental Drift is an unforgettable tribute to India and its people.
As the title suggests, the subcontinent of Asia includes India and several other countries like Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, India is known as a subcontinent because <g data-gr-id="34"><g data-gr-id="37">of of</g></g> its geographical structure. <g data-gr-id="59">Also</g> you can find the diversity in its ethics, population, cultures, languages, anatomy etc.
The people here seem to belong to different nations. <g data-gr-id="56">More over</g> it is surrounded by three sides’ water and the other side is the Himalayas.
Travel through buses and trains in India resulted into some travel disasters and makes for a fun read. He was surrounded with quirkiness and chaos, though he believes that there <g data-gr-id="63">is</g> a spontaneous warmth and generosity among Indians which are revealed in the circumstances that are surprising by nature.
It is an empathic celebration of India, done by an open-minded traveler who considers it to be the ‘four decades of wonder.’ Around 40 years, he kept returning to India over and over again.
This book answers your curiosity as to “Why an Australian travel writer, whose trip to India inspired him in such a way that he has a lifelong interest in Asia?