In the seventh century AD, the Chinese monk Xuanzang set off on an epic journey to India to study Buddhist philosophy from the Indian masters Traveling along the Silk Road, braving brigands and blizzards, Xuanzang finally reached India, where his spiritual quest took him to Buddhist holy places and monasteries throughout the subcontinent Fourteen hundred years later, MisIn the seventh century AD, the Chinese monk Xuanzang set off on an epic journey to India to study Buddhist philosophy from the Indian masters Traveling along the Silk Road, braving brigands and blizzards, Xuanzang finally reached India, where his spiritual quest took him to Buddhist holy places and monasteries throughout the subcontinent Fourteen hundred years later, Mishi Saran follows in Xuanzang s footsteps to the fabled oasis cities of China and Central Asia, and the Buddhist sites and now vanished kingdoms in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan that Xuanzang wrote about Traveling seamlessly back and forth in time between the seventh century and the twenty first, Saran uncovers the past with consummate skill even as she brings alive the present through her vivid and engaging descriptions of people and places A riveting mix of lively reportage, high adventure, historical inquiry and personal memoir, this delightfully written book is a path breaking travelogue.
Chasing The Monks Shadow In the seventh century AD the Chinese monk Xuanzang set off on an epic journey to India to study Buddhist philosophy from the Indian masters Traveling along the Silk Road braving brigands and blizza
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I had different expectations from this book the journey was great and kudos to the author for taking it, but the information was very superficial and didn t satisfy me there are parts which are interesting, but overall, the book failed to impress the context switching was random, there were parts where author s own ideas of things overpowered the actual account and the story telling itself was not good.
There are some books that one wishes went on forever, for the vicarious experience offered is incredible This is one of those Long after the pages have been completed, the journey promises to stay in my mind It is now exactly a decade since Mishi Saran started on her journey to follow a monk who had himself made a journey of over 10000 miles, 14 centuries before her time Xuanzang, who I last met in my history text from school, the monk with the neat backpack The book hooked me right from the tim [...]
Xuanzang pronounced Shwezang in the Chinese was an incredible monk and mishi Saran the author does a decent job catching up with him as she travel through china and the Indian subcontinent.The books style is a travel memoir with the travel being, following the footsteps of this monk he walked, she takes every possible vehicle imaginable.I would have liked a little walking for some reason, and a little less personal anecdotes and quotations from Xuanzang s original text.There is also one factua [...]
I picked up this book in a small bookstore in Kathmandu after reading the back An Indian woman with a China craze, a Chinese Monk with an Indian obsession we had the same schizophrenia, the monk and I It seemed logical to take the same road The author follows the footsteps of Xuanzang, the 7th century buddhist monk who traveled from China to India to find and translate the Yogacara Buddhist texts She takes the silk road through Uzbekistan, Kyrgstan, and Afghanistan into various provinces of Indi [...]
On the surface the book is about exploration of the great journey Kudos to the author for taking on an exciting journey The book has interesting tidbits of life along the silk road and parallel commentary from Xuan Tsang sources Yet, the author shows only a superficial interest in the monk s journey psychology Granted, this is a very difficult topic considering the geopolitical and culture difficulties But the author does not seem drawn to Xuan Tsang as a person or history in general any than p [...]
Mishi Saran traces the enthralling journey of the most famous historian xuangxang after 800 years of his monumental travel to the medivial India.The Mesmer hangs in the atmosphere while reading this book the reader is filled with a nostalgia, something unknown that one longed for previously, but forgotten as the times passed, is forced to enter the reader s memory while scrolling these pages the reader somehow finds himself in the enlightening journey, with xuanxuang,and the joy of travel.One of [...]
With this unique travel book, Mishi represents the perfect global citizen to me The idea for this book came from her ability to blend her roots with her interests Simultaneously telling the story of Xuanzang s journey and her own, Mishi writes with honesty, humor and heart.
Such a fascinating idea, both in concept and execution Wish I could travel the world like this as well.
A difficult book in terms of the language, but if you can handle that, then it s a very interesting read.
Good book of a woman, who went in the footsteps of her teacher.
liked her style