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Shanti Bloody Shanti: An Indian Odyssey

  • “The narrative of this spiritual quest/drug-fueled odyssey is striking and even lyrical, and the tension builds rapidly to a haunting end.”—Library Journal
  • “Smith’s tale is part travelogue, part psychedelic journey, part coming-of-age, and strangely engrossing.”—Publishers Weekly
  • “Aussie journalist Aaron Smith claims the impetus for his coming-of-middle-age in India came about after a drug dealer put a contract out on him, and while his journey is called ‘rollicking,’ there’s grit on that subcontinent as he witnesses the death of a friend and dodges terrorists, in Shanti Bloody Shanti: An Indian Odyssey. . . . A journalist’s humorous, unvarnished, and unsentimental, journey of personal discovery across the Indian subcontinent.”—Publishers Weekly, Best Fall Books 2013
  • “For anyone who wishes to travel to India, Shanti Bloody Shanti teaches that India has much to offer any visitor who wants to leave with something more.”—GoNomad