An authentic interpretation of over 400 Indian concepts and practices derived from a personal exploration of India over a period of 50 years. Arranged alphabetically, these range from key traditional ones such as "dharma" to more contemporary ones such as "secularism" and "democracy" to popular ones such as Indian films! "Padayatra" is a journey on foot and each selected concept and practice is treated as a stepping-stone in a journey to understanding what India is all about. Descriptions are based on personal experience maturing over half a century, and written in cultural essays that present the essence of the Indian tradition. Malformations of the tradition are explained but without polemics. The book is a sensitive, cultured and sophisticated introduction to India for an intelligent and serious readership, and will be invaluable also as a handy reference text for libraries, cultural exchange agencies, business orientation courses especially for those anticipating an extended interaction with India, and the like.
Peggy Holroyde was born in 1924 in England and studied Hindu philosophy and Buddhist thinking under Dr. Saevepalli Radharkrishnan at Oxford. She travelled all over India, returning innumerable times, and has lectured on Indian history and cultural attitudes at various teacher training colleges, police academies ands social work conferences.