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G. A. Cohen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691148809

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691148809.001.0001

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Two Weeks in India

Two Weeks in India

(p.26) Chapter Four Two Weeks in India
Finding Oneself in the Other

G. A. Cohen

, Michael Otsuka
Princeton University Press

This chapter chronicles Cohen's two-week trip to India (from January 1 to 15, 1993), and touches upon some themes and experiences which had had a profound impact on him during his stay there. It first describes his experiences on board an Air India flight and his meditations on and encounters with poverty upon landing in Delhi and throughout the rest of his stay in the country. The chapter contains the author's personal accounts of his many encounters with people—both native and otherwise—in India, and frequently returns to his meetings with the poor and how he (and the Indian poor) deal with poverty in the nation. Despite his more unpleasant experiences, Cohen writes, that “India gripped me, and I don't want it to let go. As long as I write, it stays with me, I don't have to say goodbye.”

Keywords:   India, poverty, caste system, Calcutta, Delhi, begging

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