"Dear me! It is a strange world. Particularly the Indian division of it." Mark Twain's quip arose in the course of an around-the-world lecture tour. Driven by financial necessity, the famed humorist and student of human nature undertook a year-long series of far-flung engagements that would provide both ready cash and the material for one of his most successful books: Following the Equator,
which recounts the author's experiences during a two-and-a-half-month sojourn through India.
A century after the publication of Following the Equator,
Ian Strathcarron re-creates Twain's itinerary. Strathcarron—who followed Twain's journey through the Middle East in a previous travel book, Innocence and War
—begins in Bombay, faithfully retracing his predecessor's steps through Benares, Calcutta, Darjeeling, Delhi, Lahore, and other stops along the Grand Tour of 1896. The modern-day writer offers fascinating insights into the region's timeless qualities as well as the rampant changes that have occurred in the course of the past century.
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