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Ever wondered what the real India is like?What the experts say about Timeless India series:“Nancy’s second book measures up to her incredible first book: Journey of a Master. I cant imagine that a Westerner can know so much about so many aspects ofMoreEver wondered what the real India is like?What the experts say about Timeless India series:“Nancy’s second book measures up to her incredible first book: Journey of a Master. I cant imagine that a Westerner can know so much about so many aspects of India and Hinduism. This journal is a must read if you plan to travel to India.”—Swamini Sharada PriyanandaTeacher, Author, Lecturer“Thank you for the opportunity to read your most remarkable story. I have traveled around India a lot on my own, but my adventures cant touch yours. But my experience does inform my reading of your adventures and I stand in awe of your travels.”—Bonnie R. CrownLiterary AgentInternational Literature & Arts“This manuscript so interesting that I actually read it all. I found it to be informative, entertaining, fascinating. You have exceptional material here. It’s the best manuscript I’ve read in a long time... I’m sure you will find a publisher.” —Andrew PopeLiterary AgentCurtis Brown“I enjoyed your descriptions as well as your observations of India, the people, and the Hindu religion.”—Kara CesareEditorBantam BooksThe author’s goal is to demystify India for the Western world —and just maybe help the modern Indians know what they have and what they are giving up when they imitate the modern capitalistic way of life.This travelogue includes:• Hints and realities of traveling in India.• Records of conversations with authentic sages.• Insights into Indian’s culture, spiritual philosophy and traditions.• Information about Indias history and political milieu.Traveling off the beaten path, the author discovered India to be a vast and varied landscape of every reality imaginable and some that were unimaginable. The account is not only a trip behind the scenes- it’s an explanation of what is going on in this world of unique religious thought and cultural reality. Moving slowly through time on train, bus and even ox cart, Nancy visited mountain villages, rural ashrams and hill stations—an India that tourists rarely see. Everywhere she traveled, she talked to the people, whether a saint or a camel herder. She took the time to investigate their ideas and customs.In this first volume, covering Tamil Nadu, her journey through India included Pondicherry, the hometown of the sage Aurobindo, Sri Ramana Maharshis ashram, the hermitage of an unknown sadhu living by a sacred river and ashram of Bede Griffiths. She visited the famous temples at Chidambaram, Arunachala, Rameshwaram and Madurai. She enjoyed the wonderful forested mountains in the Nilgiris, as well as natures waterways at the beaches of Pondicherry, Rameshwaram, Madras, and the Kauveri River.This story is based on personal encounters giving facts and observations not available in previously published sources. Along the way, the author gives insight into philosophical thought and superstitious lore behind the various adventures, as the Indian culture is so inextricably flexible and multi-faceted.Watch for future volumes on Andhra Pradesh (coming January 1, 2013), Rajasthan, Karnataka and Kerala!