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Between Heaven and Hell: Travels through South Asia

Akhil Bakshi (Author)
Synopsis Soon after the nuclear tests conducted by India and Pakistan, Akhil Bakshi led an 18,000 km motoring expedition - Hands Across the Borders - to promote peace and development in South Asia. The journey, with activists from the region, was envisaged as a massive mass contact programme through the interiors of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan. Between Heaven and Hell is an account of that momentous journey. Through the prism of observant, trenchant humour, the book refracts issues of development, religion, politics and culture. Despite the mockery and jokes, the author confronts broad and challenging themes ranging from caste wars to widow burning. Compelling descriptions of people and places, bold and entertaining accounts of events, and cracking yarns on Gods and saints, priests and politicians, make for a fascinating exploration of South Asia. Much distance has been travelled in the book, encompassing a region rarely glimpsed as a whole. The author's enthusiasm for South Asia enlivens every page. Wit, clarity and elegance of style make the book gripping and hugely enjoyable. The text is enriched with 16 pages of colour and over 200 black and white photographs.
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About the author

Akhil Bakshi

A born tramp in love with wild places, Akhil Bakshi has been vagabonding around the world since his early years, finding telling beauty everywhere. He has led four major international motoring expeditions that have furthered the cause of peace and development. Vice President of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he is on the board of several adventure and sports organisations in India. He has founded two non-government organisations that work with rural youth and with small farmers and landless labour.

Akhil Bakshi has produced seventy television documentaries. His books include: The Road to Freedom; Silk Road on Wheels; Between Heaven and Hell; Back to Gondwanaland; I'll Follow the Sun and Askar Akaev - A Political Journey.

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Bibliographic information

Title Between Heaven and Hell: Travels through South Asia
Author Akhil Bakshi
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Odyssey Books
Language: English
isbn 8190086211
length xviii+562p.
Subjects History