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A South Indian Journey: The Smile of Murugan

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Michael Wood's A South Indian Journey is a brilliantly written travel narrative of personal and geographical exploration.

Inspired by a temple astrologer (who had accurately predicted his marriage and the birth of his two daughters), the writer and broadcaster Michael Wood travelled on a magical journey through south-east India. A South Indian Journey is a magical mixture o
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Paperback, 251 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Penguin (first published 1995)
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Sairam Krishnan
Mar 31, 2016 Sairam Krishnan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, heartfelt travelogue of the Tamil south that I'm very glad I read. Found it (as usual) in the ground floor travel section of Blossom's in Bangalore, and bought it immediately, even if only to figure out how an outsider would look at my culture. Enjoyed it so very much that I'm sure to read it again, and might even follow his trajectory around my homeland.

Very many books have been described as labours of love, but seldom is that phrase actually deserved. This book, though, is exactly
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Rajesh
Jan 24, 2017 Rajesh rated it it was amazing
I'd read this book any day of the week. Wonderful, descriptive travelogue.
Giridharan Karunagaran
I am an Indian. And an Indian from Tamil Nadu. Irony of Ironies that I should come to learn about and to love my heritage from a foreigner. It is one of the most brilliant books in the world. The story of Micheal's Journey through the southern heartland combined with his masterful writing, transported me into a magical world; a fantasy world. That the world was real and was a part of me, gave the book an epiphanic tone. A must read for all Indians, not to mention Tamils.
I had no idea that there
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K. Ravichandar
Sep 09, 2014 K. Ravichandar rated it really liked it
This book is probably the most comprehensive guide to present-day Tamil Nadu written by an outsider and one of the best by anyone. Michael Wood touches on nearly every aspect of Tamil civilization be it religion, spirituality, history, day-to-day life or politics. From the frank and heartfelt narrative, it is evident how deeply he is attached to the Tamil country and its people. Wood has an eye for detail - he does not miss out on even the minutest details such as the weighing machine that used ...more
Susan Oleksiw
Feb 01, 2013 Susan Oleksiw rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel-books, memoir
I picked up this book without remembering who Michael Wood is, but as soon as I did his voice came through loud and clear.

This is a very detailed and authentic trip around holy sites in South India taken by Michael Wood and an Indian woman who has become a friend over the years. A holy man tells him to make a pilgrimage to certain sites and eventually he does. The virtue of this travel book is that Wood takes you on a journey that Indians take often, sometimes annually, and gives you the experie
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Brian
Aug 01, 2011 Brian added it
Yet another Michael Wood this year and once again I can't help but feel that he had more fun writing it than I had reading it. Picked this up in Southwark a few weeks ago while on a work trip. It made splendid reading on the plane, but once I got home a slight disappointment set in. I'm sure the temples were lovely and I really can't fault Wood's description, but still it was all a bit "wish you were here.



All that aside, you can't fault his enthusiasm and passion. It's infectious. Not sure when
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Subramanian Sankaran
Jan 04, 2014 Subramanian Sankaran rated it it was amazing
Simple travelogue on Michael's pilgrimage through some of the best temples in Tamil Nadu. His eye for details is amazing as he captures the rituals, the culture and traditions of South India in a lucid style.
Sathish
Apr 05, 2016 Sathish rated it liked it
good travelogue... could have been done better with precise notation.. may be being a South Indian I expected many more things.. but a lovable read...
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Librarian Note: There's more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

Michael David Wood is an English historian & broadcaster. He's presented numerous tv documentary series. Library of Congress lists him as Michael Wood.

Wood was born in Moston, Manchester, & educated at Manchester Grammar School & Oriel College, Oxford. His specia
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