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

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Item Code: IDF259
Author: Sudha Murty
Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 0144001012
Pages: 141
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 7.8" X 4.8"
Weight 130 gm
Book Description
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 met strange people and undergo many experiences that touch us and sometime 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 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 time 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 travelers to rest and forget their burdens for a while as they chat with man sitting there patiently listening to them, a better counselor 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.

Preface IX
1. The Old Man and His God 1
2. Freedom of Speech 5
3. Horegallu 11
4. The Way You Look At It 15
5. A Tale of Two Brothers 18
6. The Journey 24
7. An Officegoer's Dilemma 30
8. The Deserving Candidate 35
9. The Business of Philanthropy 40
10. A Helping Hand 45
11. True Shades of Nature 52
12. Made in Heaven 58
13. The Grateful Tenant 62
14. A Foreigner, Always 67
15. The Line of Separation 70
16. A Buddhist on Airport Road 78
17. Sweet Hospitality 83
18. Friends Forever 87
19. The Perfect Life 92
20. Hundred Per Cent Free 97
21. Two Faces of Poverty 101
22. India, The Holy Land 107
23. Mother's Love 112
24. Village Encounters 117
25. May You Be The Mother of Hundred Children 121
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