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Asian Home: Situating Self in Western Women’s Select Travel Narratives

Author Name: Dr. Devika S | Format: Paperback | Genre : Educational & Professional | Other Details
Amazon Sales Rank: Ranked #53 in Asia

How did the West’s countercultural notions widen their zeal and zest onto the Himalayas? How did Nepal turn out to be a safe haven for Western women who made their travels to different Asian countries? With no direct traces of colonialism, the opening of Nepal to foreigners after 1951 offered travelers a new destination for imbibing Eastern spiritual traditions. The post-War condition was fertile for several radical movements. Many people found solace in traveling to escape from the brutal after-effects of the Second World War.  The socio-political and economic conditions of Europe and America post-World War II necessitated the need to travel to overcome the trauma of the war. For women, travel became the means of empowerment and at the same time a spiritual endeavour. The knowledge and understanding of theology and other spiritual knowledge led many travelers to be part of the ‘hippie trail’, in which Nepal is the final destination. This book offers a fresh outlook to women’s perceptions of a second home in a foreign land.

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Dr. Devika S

Dr.Devika S received her Ph.D. from Amrita Vishwavidyapeetham and post-graduation from The English and Foreign Languages University (formerly CIEFL) respectively. Some of her areas of interest are Travel Literature, East-West Encounters, Comparative Philosophy, World Literature, Comparative Literature, Comparative Religions, Translation Studies, and Women’s Studies. She is also a language trainer, academician, and writer and has been hosting language training for more than 500 trainees including students and language teachers across Kerala. Currently, she teaches at SCMS Cochin School of Business, Ernakulam.