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  • Published: 1 September 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099458906
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99
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An Indian Odyssey



Travelling by land, sea and small plane from north-east India to Sri Lanka and back, Martin Buckley recreates one of the great journeys in world literature - the Ramayana.

The Ramayana – the Journey of Rama – is India’s best-loved book, an inspiration to school-children, monks and moviemakers, yet it is virtually unknown in the Western world. The story of Rama, an exiled prince searching savage jungles for his kidnapped wife, it combines aspects of Heart of Darkness with The Odyssey but it has become a flashpoint for Indian politics, and disputes surrounding its locations have claimed an estimated 13,000 lives since 1992.

When Martin Buckley first encountered the Ramayana twenty-five-years ago, it became a guide to the complexities of Indian life and in An Indian Odyssey he fulfils a dream – to retrace the route of Rama from his birthplace in north India to the climax of his confrontation with Evil in Sri Lanka. The journey, by motorbike, microlight, bus and train, was sometimes perilous but the resulting book is a remarkable travel diary and a thought-provoking account of the story of India.

  • Published: 1 September 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099458906
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99
Categories:

About the author

Martin Buckley

Martin Buckley has lived in France, Italy, Turkey and India and has worked as a journalist in over forty countries. For ten years he was a producer with Radio 4 and is still a regular contributor to From Our Own Correspondent (Radio 4). He has presented TV travel documentaries for Discovery Channel and has been a columnist in the Daily Telegraph and the Observer. He is the author of the highly praised travel books, An Indian Odyssey,Grains of Sand and Absolute Altitude. He is married with one young son and currently divides his time between London and Corsica.

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Praise for An Indian Odyssey

Travel writing with a difference as Buckley traces the route of the Ramayana, the great Indian epic, from north-west India to Sri Lanka, encountering "Marxists and Mystics" along the way. A brilliant blend of travelogue, history and romance.

Scotland on Sunday

A rich account of a country bursting with piety and mysticism...Buckley has interspersed the passages with his own translated excerpts of the Ramayana and, in this way, the book functions as a story of India, wrapped in a fairy tale, hidden in an often perilous and fascinating road-trip diary. Essential stuff, then, that brings the reader into the heart of the Indian subcontinent.

Irish Times

Travelling by land, sea and a small plane from North East India to Sri Lanka and back, Martin Buckley recreates one of the great journeys in world literature, the Ramayana. The vast tapestry of life that is India is vividly portrayed in this lively portrayal of an ancient story brought to life through a modern odyssey and spiritual search where many of the questions and sources of conflict remain much the same today as thousands of years ago. An absorbing holiday read!

Yoga and Health Magazine

Cracking.

Sarah March, Observer

In this barnstorming account of a love affair with India that extends over more than a quarter of a century, Martin Buckley gives us a sensual, earthly view of the subcontinent... He is incredibly well-informed... An engaging and powerful book

Daily Telegraph

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