A journal entry that I created as a guest post for a student of mine as inspired by the book, 'A Passage to India'..... In the
book, the character 'Adela', a young Englishwoman, travels to India
during the era of British colonization, in order to visit her potential
fiance who is working as an officer in the British government there.
Excited by the trip and itching to explore, she is disappointed to
discover upon her arrival that most of her time is expected to be spent
with her fellow English ex-pats within the confines of the little piece
of England-within-India they have managed to recreate for themselves in
their segregated compound, and which she finds terribly boring and
dull. She longs to see the 'real India', or so she says. A garden party is
arranged between the British ex-pats and some select, elite Indian
officials and their wives -- yet despite her efforts to be friendly she
finds the cultural and social gap remains uncomfortably and awkwardly
wide. And yet Adela continues to lament her lack of 'adventure'. That
is, until she finally does get her much requested 'Indian adventure',
only to have it all go really rather badly (to put it mildly). I guess
one needs to be careful for what one wishes for.....!
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