Author: Tiziano Terzani
Translator(s): David Gibbons
Publisher: India Research Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188353000
The courses of war are to be found within us, more than they are outside us. They are to be found in passions such as desire, fear, insecurity, greed and vanity. Gradually we have to rid ourselves of them. On the 11th of September the world has changed. Now we ourselves have to change.
It’s time to move into the open, time to make a stand for the values we believe in. A society gains much more strength by its moral resolution than it does by acquiring new weapons.
India is home. I’ve lived here for years. It’s here that I keep my books, that I find the refuge a man seeks from the world’s hustle and bustle. Here, as nowhere else, I get a sense of the senseless flowing of life. But now even India is a disappointment. Even India talks only of war, mobilizes troops and artillery, and happily wags its tail behind the American military bandwagon. A country of a billion people! The country which owes its independence to Gandhi, the Mahatma, the noble soul, today a country just like any other. What a pity.
Terzani declares peace on war and war on American thinking.
-International Herald Tribune, 11th of April 2002
Terzani attempts the difficult operation of forcing the West at war to think it over. He suggests that the only way to stop terrorism is not by killing terrorists, but by eliminating the reasons that turn a man or a woman into a terrorist.
-L’Espresso, Rome February 2002
This is the cry of an honest man who in Afghanistan hasn’t seen yet another war in his long career, but the West at its dead end.
-Il Corriere della Sera, Milan, February 2002
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
TIZIANO TERZANI, born in Florence, Italy, was for 30 years Asia correspondent of the German magazine Der Spiegel. As such he was based in Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Thailand. Since 1994 he lives in India, now mostly in the Himalayas. He has written various books. In English recently appeared The Forbidden Door, Good Night, Mister Lenin and A Fortune Teller told me.
10 September 2001
The Wasted Day
Letter from Orsigna
Letter from Florence
The Sultan and St Francts
Letter from Peshawar
In the Story-tellers Bazaar
Letter form Quetta
The Talib with the computer
Letter from Kabul
The Potato seller and the wolf cage
Letter from Delhi
Letter from the Himalayas
What shall we do?