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I’ve read a fair amount of ‘outsider’ books on India, all of which try to do the impossible: portray the country in its complex and contradictory entirety. None comes closer to highlighting its magnificence, pointing out its inherent paradoxes, and revealing its haunting mystery, than Jonah Blank’s Arrow of the Blue Skinned God. Told with sober compassion, the book traces the epic journey of the Ramayana, alternating between the present India and the ancient past. Underneath the suffering and the futility, Blank gives us heartbreaking glimpses into the soul of India and her people.

The only noted omission in the book was the lack of glossary, as Blank uses a fair amount of Hindu words and phrases.

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