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New Release | Way out in India

Way Out In India_Front Cover

Way out in India

Travels in a Curoius Land

Meryl Urson

Pages: 280 pages

Retail Price: R220 (incl. VAT)

Publication Date: April 2015

Format: Paperback, A5

ISBN Number: 9781928276142

Genre: Non-Fiction / Travel

Book Description


When Meryl Urson stepped off a plane for the first time into a steamy Mumbai midnight, little did she know that she’d begun a lengthy love affair with India?

It would stretch across innumerable encounters and far into her future. This book is a record of her relationship with the world’s most fascinating country.

The reader is swept from the craziness of a revered guru’s southern headquarters to the turbulent peaks of the northern Himalayas, and through adventures as diverse as the discovery of a secret queen’s bath-house glittering behind a long-locked door, and the toppling of a Karl Marx statue in the middle of a Keralan Communist rally.

Way out in India is an idiosyncratic view of the diversity of life on the subcontinent through the enchanted eyes of an author in love with both place and people.

About the Author

Meryl Urson is a South African yoga teacher and a wife and mother of three grown children.  In former years she survived a stint of English teaching in a boys’ high school, learned to type fast as a medical secretary, honed her olfactory skills while practicing aromatherapy and rejoiced at being a published writer.

Her writings were products of the 80s and 90s before parenting won out over the pen.  They included a book of short stories called Loaded, an illustrated children’s book called Vuyo’s Whistle and a children’s TV script called Nkathazo, which was translated into the Xhosa language and aired on South African TV. She also wrote several pieces of fiction and non-fiction for various South African magazines over many years.

She has also travelled extensively, to many countries and most continents and has visited India six times, unable to resist the curries that call to her from across the Indian Ocean.

She wrote the book to share the colour and chaos of the country with readers far and wide and to make them snort with laughter in airport lounges, at the hairdresser or in their beds.

If she manages to transport the reader to India, actually or vicariously, her book will have done its job.




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