The Old Man and His God: Discovering the Spirit of India

by Sudha Murty | Travel |
ISBN: 0144001012 Global Overview for this book
Registered by gussy916 of Singapore, Singapore Singapore on 6/16/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by gussy916 from Singapore, Singapore Singapore on Friday, June 16, 2006
This one comes highly reccommended by my 'rasta walla' bookseller who threw this book in with my "replacements for Q&A and Opal Mehta"

It goes onto my TBR.....and then maybe I'll start a ring?


You can read an extract from the book here

From the back of the book:
People often ask me how it is that so many interesting things happen only to me. To them I reply that in life's journey we all meet strange people and undergo many experiences that touch us and sometimes even change us. If you have a sensitive mind and record your observations regularly, you will see your life too is a vast storehouse of stories.'

As she goes about her work with the villagers, slumdwellers and the common men and women of India, Sudha Murty, writer, social worker and teacher, listens to them and records what they have to say. Their accounts of the struggles and hardships which they have at times overcome, and at other times been overwhelmed by, are put together in this book.

A blind old man in a little Shiva temple offers the author shelter and peace in the midst of a storm and emerges as the most generous, unselfish soul she has ever met. A little stone bench under a banyan tree in a village in Karnataka is the perfect place for travellers to rest and forget their burdens for a while as they chat with the man sitting there patiently listening to them, a better counsellor than one can find anywhere in the city.

There are stories about people's generosity—and selfishness—in times of natural disasters like the tsunami; women struggling to speak out in a world that refuses to listen to them and tales of young professionals trying to find their feet as they climb up the corporate ladder.

Told simply and directly from the heart, The Old Man and His God is a collection of snapshots of the varied facets of human nature and a mirror to the souls of the people of India.

Journal Entry 2 by gussy916 from Singapore, Singapore Singapore on Friday, June 16, 2006
It's a Ray! And the order is:

Lyzzybee (UK - Intl)
Okyrhoe (Greece- Intl)
Jemilyboo (UK - Intl)
Sistert (USA - Intl)
Hollydolly (Canada - Intl)

Ray complete!!

Journal Entry 3 by gussy916 at Indian Post in Mumbai, Maharashtra India on Friday, August 18, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (8/18/2006 UTC) at Indian Post in Mumbai, Maharashtra India

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This book finally starts its journey to Lyzzybee in the UK.

Safe travels little book!

Journal Entry 4 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Thursday, August 24, 2006
Received today along, wouldn't you know it, with another BookRing.

This is the 1,000th book I've caught! Eeps!

Journal Entry 5 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, August 27, 2006
We were going to Oxford for a wedding so I popped this small book in my bag. I ended up reading the whole thing this morning over tea and breakfast in our room. It was excellent - small stories of everyday Indian life, looking at women struggling with their families, young executives, men trying to choose between city and village life. The one about going to the Buddhist museum was very affecting.

Thank you very much for this - and I will put this author onto my wish lists.

I have PM'd the next reader and will send it on as soon as I have an address.

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Sending to Okyrhoe. Other Half will be posting this on Tuesday or Wednesday, airmail - I have set the release date for Wednesday as that's the latest it will go.

Journal Entry 7 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Just arrived in my P.O. box.

Thanks gussy916 for including me in this ray, and Lyzzybee for posting it to me!

Journal Entry 8 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Thursday, October 12, 2006
Regarding the donation of relief aid:
"When a disaster strikes an area, I have seen that often the actual population of that area almost doubles."

Journal Entry 9 by jemilyboo from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, November 05, 2006
Received a while ago from Athens, not read yet. Very much looking forward to it.

Thank you Okyrhoe

Journal Entry 10 by jemilyboo from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, November 19, 2006
What a fantastic book....I love India

Journal Entry 11 by sistert from Catonsville, Maryland USA on Friday, December 22, 2006
Received from Emily in yesterday's mail. The package included this very interesting book, a gorgeous postcard, and a perfectly Christmasy Christmas card! Thank you so much. *hugs*

Journal Entry 12 by sistert from Catonsville, Maryland USA on Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Finished over the weekend. This book left me feeling somewhat unclear as to what I'd just read. I think that overall I enjoyed the individual recollections and when the "messages" appeared, they were meaningful. There were times though when I couldn't decide if the author was just retelling a moment in her life or if I'd missed the "point".

Contacting Hollydolly now.

Journal Entry 13 by sistert at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (1/26/2007 UTC) at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Mailed to Hollydolly.

Journal Entry 14 by Hollydolly on Thursday, February 01, 2007
Book arived safely today.

Thank You.

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