Offers a kaleidoscope of first-hand observations: on student life at the Aligarh Muslim University, local life in a small Muslim community in Kashmir, a Vedic ashram in Lahore, Tagore's Shantiniketan, Gandhi's Sevagram, crucial sessions of the Indian National Congress and the All India Muslim League, and the Kodaikanal Ashram Fellowship.
Phillips Talbot is President Emeritus, The Asia Society, USA. A distinguished journalist, he was the India correspondent of the Chicago Daily News in 1946. In 1961 the Kennedy administration named him Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian affairs, covering the geographic area from Greece to Ceylon (Sri Lanka). He has served as Ambassador to Greece from 1965 to 1969, and is a trustee emeritus of the Aspen Institute, the US-Japan Foundation and a number of other Asia-related organizations. His writings include South Asia in the World Today (edited); India and America: A Study of Their Relations (co-authored with S. L. Poplai); India in the 1980s and numerous other articles and reports. In 2002 the Indian Government awarded him the Padma Shri. He has also received the (New Delhi) Institute of Economic Studies' Bhartiya Shiromani Puraskar, the (Bombay) Indo-American Society's Annual Citation, the (New York) Taraknath Das Foundation's Distinguished Award, and the (Washington) Embassy of India's Videsh Samman.