Afternoon of a Sadhu: A Memoir of India

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The author, traveling in India at the age of 22, gave away her possessions and became a sadhu, a spiritual wandering beggar. This coming-of-age memoir, complete with sex, drugs, and spiritual yearning, describes the British junkie who inspired her decision; her attempts to break into the sadhu scene in the holy city of Benares; the villagers of rural India who offered food and shelter; and the hard lessons earned by a middle-class American girl.

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Violet Snow is a freelance journalist who lives in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Her work has appeared in the New York Times “Disunion” blog, Energy Times, The Sun Magazine, The Record of Bergen County, NJ, Woodstock Times, Phoenicia Times, Chronogram, Upstate House Magazine, Aikido Today, and many other periodicals. Her interest in spiritual practice has led her to explore Buddhism, yoga, Wicca, Native American traditions, Christian Science, and West African ancestor practices. She has traveled extensively in India, Europe, and the Middle East, including a stint teaching English in Tehran in 1976. She is currently writing a mystery novel about New Jersey real estate, as well as a book about her quest to make friends with her ancestors, such as the writer of a Civil War diary. See her blog, http://newsofmyancestors.wordpress.com/

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"At 22, Phoenicia journalist and actress Snow went on a spiritual walkabout in India, shaving her head and giving away all her money. The young sadhu is plagued by self-doubt: Is seeking charity from the poor a lesson in humility, or a sham? Though she's a phone call away from parents who'd wire her money, the risks she takes are real, and Snow's clear-eyed evocations of predatory men and open-hearted villagers are indelible."--Chronogram

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