Walking the Indian Streets
First UK edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 20.5 × 13.5cm, 125pp.
After ten years of study in England and America, Ved Mehta revisited his home in India in the summer of 1959. In this book he gives a sensitive and vivid account—sometimes deeply serious, sometimes very funny—of his attempt to reidentify himself first with his family, then with the military and civil leaders of the Indian state. He is joined by his great friend from Oxford, the poet Dom Moraes, and together they spent a carefree month meeting Indian writers and poets, enjoying the social life of New Delhi, Nepal, and Calcutta, and speaking at Indian universities. Ved Mehta then returns alone to Delhi to reflect on what he has seen and heard, to make an ancestral pilgrimage to Haridwar, and—the climax of his visit home—to meet Nehru.
A very good copy, but with fading to the wrapper's spine and light scattered foxing to the endpapers.