Living: Shining Legacy From the East

Across the U.S., the "Festival of India" brings a potpourri of culture

Tigers and temples and the Taj Mahal. Maharajahs and turbaned warriors and old men ritually wandering penniless in order to purify themselves and become holy. Snake charmers and bear tamers and wizened artisans using the simplest of tools to chisel out tiny, intricate talismans of beauty. Images of India, crossroads of the exotic East, have lingered in the Western imagination. During the past decade or so, they have been, more than ever, images from India's subjugated past, particularly from the British Raj of The Man Who Would Be King, Heat and Dust and Gandhi, of The Far Pavilions, A Passage to...

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