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Abroad in India

Mary A Hecht

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ISBN 10: 1537239813 / ISBN 13: 9781537239811
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016
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Title: Abroad in India

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Mary A. Hecht blends fiction, travelogue, and memoir in this evocative portrait of India and its many cultures.

Hecht first explored India in 1963, reluctantly going only to satisfy her father’s wishes. She is forever grateful for the opportunity he gave her. This introduction to the beautiful country enchanted her, and she has spent years recording her own experiences and writing short stories based on the people she met.

Hecht’s short stories capture the vivid atmosphere of India. In the first, a man lands a new job as a driver for foreigners in the country. As he grows apprehensive about an arranged marriage, he tries to find interesting things to show his passengers. The following stories encompass the perspectives of locals and foreigners, men and women, the young and the old.

While Hecht shows the joy and excitement of a newly independent country, she doesn’t shy away from its troubles. Many of her characters confront the poverty and disease, the caste system, and other difficult facets of this bustling country.

Hecht immerses readers in the language and culture of India, even including a glossary of Hindu words for anyone eager to learn more about the setting of this poignant work.

About the Author:

The first seeds of Abroad in India were planted when Mary A. Hecht visited rural India at the age of twenty. Her adventures there led to a lifelong interest in the country and its people.

Hecht received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois. She has had a thirty-year career in international education at seven different schools (University of Illinois, UC San Diego, University of Melbourne, Tufts, Brandeis, Boston College, and Harvard) and in private-citizen exchange organizations. Hecht was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 1986. She was honored as the founder of the International House at Tufts University.

Hecht has lived and worked on five different continents and is now retired. She is certified as a master gardener.

Hecht lives in Seattle, Washington, near her daughter and grandchildren. She frequently visits her son and his children in San Francisco, California.

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