Many Lands Many Peoples is much more than the memoirs of a diplomat. In its Reach and contents it targets a wide readership. For the young as well as the experienced diplomats the book is replete with tips and suggestions relevant to their day to day functioning. For the globe--trotter, in a racy yet highly readable style the Author takes you to various continents covering close to sixty countries. His focus is not on well-known places alone but equally on some exotic and exciting spots spread across Europe, North and South America, Africa and the far east. This makes the book much more than a routine or a standard travelogue. Even more fascinating perhaps are the author’s pen portraits of various peoples in different countries where he lived and served and actively interacted. Having had the privilege of a ringside view, for nearly 36 years, of the making and shaping of India’s foreign policy the author’s bold, frank and critical analysis by way of his foreign policy capsules alone should make this book a must read for students and practitioners alike of international affairs. Having been at the right place at the right time gives his views that additional edge. Before signing off the author shares with the reader how it feels to be back home after long years abroad. India then and India now is brought out in a uniquely frank, balanced and yet interesting manner. Some of his views on the current Indian scene will very likely make you sit up and take note.
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