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'A Passage to India': An Art Journal Entry

by Patience

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Art: 'A Passage to India':  An Art Journal Entry by Artist Patience
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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