has been internationally acclaimed as one of the most revealing
compendiums ever written about the country. The stunning
photography and engaging text with an insightful portrait of its
people, landscape, and diverse culture, truly captures the
essence of India, one of the oldest continuously surviving
civilizations on earth.
possibly the only book written by a westerner that has been
officially recognized by an Indian Prime Minister. India
Unveiled was presented by the Government of India to President
Clinton and the White House Press Corps during his presidential
visit to India. India's UN Ambassador presented India Unveiled
to all the UN Ambassadors.
Publisher Book Awards: Best Travel Book of the Year
- Benjamin Franklin Award: Best Travel Essay of the Year
- Mid-American Publishers Association (MAPA): Best
Armchair Travel Book of the Year
- MAPA's Best Color Photography Book of the Year First
- British Book-of-the-Month Travel Club Selection
Incident Proves Prayer is More Powerful than
When I am asked what impressed me most about India, my
reply is the peaceful demeanor of her people and their openly
expressed devotion. The following story will illustrate both
characteristics. After a four hour bus journey from Madras to
the South Indian town of Tirupathi, our guide informed us that
we would not be able to continue our trip to the nearby holy
mountain of Tirumala. A local labor strike prevented our going
further. Because Tirumala is one of the more important
pilgrimage centers in all of India, the passengers were very
disappointed, yet none complained. Most were tranquil as we sat
together in a group waiting to see what would transpire. We
realized that missing our visit to the magnificent statue of Sri
Balaji, the deity to whom the temple was dedicated, would be a
great loss to us all. Hindus believe that prayer requests made
standing before this statue will be granted, which explains why
an average of 30,000 pilgrims visit there on any given day. I
struck up a conversation with one of the passengers who saw the
labor strike as a man-made adversity that could serve as a
spiritual challenge for all of us.
insight inspired me and I joined the others in praying silently
that our pilgrimage to Tirumala would somehow be completed. At
that moment such peace came over me that I had no doubt that God
would grant our request. Shortly after lunch, we were told that
the strike had been canceled and the buses would transport us to
the mountaintop. Through God's grace, I had been able to tap
into the collective devotion of the pilgrims and to feel their
all-pervasive love, which I believe changed the course of
events. I learned a great lesson that day: Prayer is more
powerful than protest!
In a similar situation in other countries, most people
would have complained vehemently. But not these pilgrims.
Because of the value and historical proof in Indian life that
prayer has worked for millenniums, there was no discussion and
it was a given that prayer was the natural and proper course of
action. More than in any other culture I know, Hindus have
connected God with their daily life.
Arnett is the author and photographer of the internationally
acclaimed book India Unveiled that has won 3 national book
awards. It is probably the only book on India ever written in
the West to receive official recognition by an Indian Prime
Minister. He is also the author of
(available on this site) a children's book set in India, that has
won 4 national book awards.
A native of Columbus, Georgia, Arnett has a Master's Degree in
History from Indiana University. Undergraduate studies were at
Tulane University, University of Georgia, and the London School
of Economics in England. While serving nineteen months in Turkey
as one of the youngest Commanding Officers in the Signal Corps,
he taught History of Western Civilization for the University of
Maryland, European Division.
Mr. Arnett has been interviewed on National Public Radio,
Voice of America, South African Broadcasting Corporation,
and various television appearances.
A nationally recognized speaker, Arnett has given slide
presentations on India widely throughout North America to
include The Smithsonian Institute, The Kennedy Center,
Harvard, Yale, and Stanford Universities. He was a speaker
at The Parliament of World Religions held in Cape Town,
South Africa in December 1999.
- 224 pages, 9" x 12", hardcover
- Includes Glossary, Index and
maps of India’s new states
- 272 color photographs on
acid-free archival paper
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