Encounters With India by Eddie James Girdner


Encounters With India, by Eddie James Girdner (2015)

(251 pages) Available on Amazon.com

Straight honest discussion from someone who has followed the politics and society of India over the last fifty years. Two years in the Peace Corps at the end of the sixties and travelling to the country several times over this time. Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara. My dissertation, on three Indian political thinkers was published in India (Socialism, Sarvodaya and Democracy).

Mostly written as a journal during a six-weeks Fulbright study trip to India. Clearly written and easy to read quickly, I realized that this book would be very useful to someone why wanted to understand a great deal about the country. It is simple and the language is non-academic. Also an entertaining story that tells one a lot of what to expect in the country if one wishes to travel there. This book will give you a lot of insight that one could never get from a travel guide on India or a Youtube Video.

Fascinating and often frustrating country.

Outside a Christian Church in Hyderabad. Many Christians are Dalits.

Street Scene, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)


Ellora Caves (Maharashtra)

Ajanta Caves (Buddhist) Maharashtra

Ready for Kharif Season (summer)

Village Scene, South India


Having Fun. Notice RSS on wall. The Rashtraya Swayam Sevak Sangh (A right-wing militant Hindu nationalist organization)

A dhaba in Punjab. Roadside food.

Jaipur (Rajasthan)

Delhi. Gateway of India, near Parliament

Squeezing Juice (Jaipur)

Collecting Jasmines for the market

Village Panhchayat Office (Local political officials). Andhra Pradesh

Village in South India

Back Street, Hyderabad

Hand Made in Hyderabad


Sweet Home Mississippi (a novel)

Sweet Home Mississippi by Eddie J. Girdner
One could get a kick out of reading this book, although it would probably piss off some southerners.
It is available on Amazon.
on October 20, 2015
A progressive’s nightmare down in the south whereby he gets his only chance of employment ,tells the tale of how narrow minded people are on many facets of life economically,socially and politically in the so called first world .Racism and crapitalism exist side by side in ol sweet home mississipi. The book ends in a shocking but ironic twist that no one can run from home sweet home. A refreshing slap on the face of the harsh realities of how hard is it for a progressive mind in a closed society, the author’s wittiness and humor tingles just the right notes! A must read!