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RUFFLING THE PEACOCK'S FEATHERS: Stories From Village India
Each young man left his house silently. Rang Bahadur avoided looking at his sisters as he tiptoed past them, his father snoring on a nearby charpai. He stole along the high mud wall of the house, crossed the large courtyard and ran unnoticed between the water buffaloes tethered near their feeding troughs. In two or three minutes he crept up to Ram Lakhan's doorway. Wordles ...more
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Published September 15th 2010 by Author Solutions
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For retired anthropologist David Howard Day, India still casts a mesmerizing spell, 40 years after his sojourn there as a Peace Corps volunteer. Even as snow blankets his home in Rochester, N.Y., the well-traveled professor thinks back to the magical “cow-dust hour” – the calm that descends on the blazing Indian countryside at sunset as cattle amble home from arid fields. He warmly reminisces about the camaraderie he enjoyed with villagers gathered around his transistor radio, their spirited ga ...more