The Lands of Darkness

According to the Wikipedia, the original “Land of Darkness” is the Forest of Abkhazia, popularized by the medieval writings of Sir John Mandeville, where God created an impenetrable darkness around the forest to trap the Persion Emperor Saures’ army that was persecuting Christian subjects.
The “Land of Darkness” is now a popular phrase, coined by Mr. Aravind Adiga, in his novel, “The White Tiger”, when referring to Bihar. The book is definitely readable, but like most “Western” centric, Booker-prize aimed, Indian author novels, it uses the shock value of life in poverty-stricken, cow-belt villages to get into the Western mind. This is a great marketing strategy for many Indian authors and if it comes with a Booker, then that’s icing on the cake.
I am actually writing this from the Land of Darkness, specifically from Patna, sitting in a hotel room, with a working Tata Indicom wireless connection, facing the Mahatma Gandhi maidan, where a large number of men and women of all ages are walking, waddling and running, a scene that resonates with what Five Gardens in Dadar looks like in the morning hours. And thought Patna is like any other tier II/III city in India, with dusty roads, hanging wires and crumbling facades, poorly connected by air, with a ramshackle airport and hotels that don

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