Mishi Saran's Chasing The Monk's Shadow: A Journey in the Footsteps of PDF

By Mishi Saran

ISBN-10: 0143064398

ISBN-13: 9780143064398

ISBN-10: 0670058238

ISBN-13: 9780670058235

An Indian girl with a China craze, a chinese language monk with an Indian obsession; we had an analogous schizophrenia, the monk and that i. It appeared logical to take a similar road.' within the 7th century advert, the chinese language monk Xuanzang (earlier spelt as Hiuen Tsang or Hsuan Tsang) trigger on an epic trip to India to review Buddhist philosophy from the Indian masters. vacationing alongside the Silk street, in the course of the desolate wastes of the Gobi barren region and the icy passes of principal Asia, braving brigands and blizzards, Xuanzang eventually reached India, the place his non secular quest took him to Buddhist holy areas and monasteries in the course of the subcontinent. by the point he back to China eighteen years later, sporting with him approximately six hundred scriptures which he translated from Sanskrit into chinese language, Xuanzang had coated an striking 10,000 miles. He additionally left a close list of his trip, which continues to be a necessary resource of old info at the areas he traversed. Fourteen hundred years later, Mishi Saran follows in Xuanzang's footsteps to the fabled oasis towns of China and vital Asia, and the Buddhist websites and now-vanished kingdoms in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan that Xuanzang wrote approximately. vacationing seamlessly backward and forward in time among the 7th century and the twenty-first, Saran uncovers the previous with consummate ability whilst she brings alive the current via her brilliant and fascinating descriptions of individuals and areas. Her gripping chronicle contains a unprecedented eyewitness account of Kabul less than the Taliban regime, only one month prior to Sept. 11. operating parallel to the account of her travels is the relocating tale of the author's internal trip in the direction of a brand new knowing of her roots and her id. With its riveting mixture of full of life reportage, excessive event, old inquiry and private memoir, this delightfully written e-book is a path-breaking travelogue.

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