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Worldviews Kaleidoscope: Stories

William J. Jackson (Author)
Synopsis Many of the twenty-three short stories which make up this collection are set in India, and a few are set in places such as Tibet, Korea, Japan, China, and Alaska. This collection of stories vividly reflects today's multi cultural world. The characters are immigrants and world travellers, people who are bridges between cultures, wanderers and searchers who are almost at home in both of the cultures they span. A Brahmin boy loses an earring and long years and continents late finds a secret meaning in this childhood experience... Three school chums, one Hindu, one Muslim, on e Christian, meet after years of seeking their own fortunes, and try to rekindle their friendship... A child is abducted in Meerut, and searching for him provokes many questions in the mind of his old grandfather … A bull stranded between North and South Korea causes a stir and a daring attempt at rescue… The son of a journalist who died in a war zone seeks the imaginary line between America and Russia in remote Alaska… A youth falls in love with a girl from a family forbidden by his parents, beginning a chain reaction that sends him across the ocean to find his destiny… International pen-pals share hilarious and sincere thoughts on having seen yetis in the Himalayas… In a story se in future Africa a corporate ghostbuster pacific spirits of colonial conflict which are disturbing big business.. These an d the other stories in this collection offer a multi colored kaleidoscope of shifting perspectives, as old traditions meet modern realities.
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About the author

William J. Jackson

University-Purdue University at Indian Polis where he has taught courses in Asian traditions and in the Comparative Religion since 1985. He received his B.A. at Lynodon State College in Vermont in 1975, and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in the Comparative Study of Religion in 1984. He lived in India for about four years, if you add up all his stays there, especially doing research in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. He studies culturally creative figures of South India and has published several books about them, including Tyagaraja, Life and Lyrics, and Songs of Three Great South Indian Saints (Oxford University Press). He is publishing a novel about America (Diving for Carlos) with Creative Arts Publishing in Barkeley, California. Jackson has a passion for the arts, and a strong interest in recent developments in science including fractal geometry and dynamical systems theory in relation to the humanities. He was a research fellow at the Bellagio Research Center in Italy in 2000, working on his fractals in the humanities project. He has published poetry and fiction in “the Northeast Kingdom” of Vermont, where he worked as a forest fire tower watchman for the State of Vermont of Bald Mountain. He still owns and regularly returns to the house he built in the mountains in Vermont.

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Title Worldviews Kaleidoscope: Stories
Format Hardcover
Date published: 28.02.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176465747
length iv+251p., 23cm.