Chasing The Monks Shadow

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  • Chasing The Monks Shadow
  • Mishi Saran
  • English
  • 21 January 2019
  • 0143064398

About the Author: Mishi Saran

Chasing The Monks Shadow eBook × Chasing The Kindle chasing pdf, monks download, shadow mobile, Chasing The epub, Chasing The Monks ShadowChasing The Monks Shadow PDF/EPUBMishi Saran s first novel, The Other Side of Light, HarperCollins India, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize Her first book, a travelogue, Chasing the Monk s Shadow A Journey in the Footsteps of Xuanzang, Penguin, was shortlisted for the Hutch Crossword Book Award and long listed for the Lettres Ulysses Award for Chasing The Kindle - the Art of Reportage Her journalism has appeared in international media like the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post Her essays have appeared in LARB and Quartz She is working on a novel set in s Shanghai Saran was born in India and has lived in six other countries She majored in Chinese Studies at Wellesley College and moved back to Hong Kong in after eight years in Shanghai.


Chasing The Monks ShadowChasing The Monks Shadow eBook × Chasing The Kindle chasing pdf, monks download, shadow mobile, Chasing The epub, Chasing The Monks ShadowChasing The Monks Shadow PDF/EPUBIn the seventh century AD, the Chinese monk Xuanzang set off on an epic journey to India to study Buddhist philosophy from the Indian masters Traveling along the Silk Road, braving brigands and blizzards, Xuanzang finally reached India, where his spiritual quest took him to Buddhist holy places and monasteries throughout the subcontinent Fourteen hundred years later, Mishi Chasing The Kindle - Saran follows in Xuanzang s footsteps to the fabled oasis cities of China and Central Asia, and the Buddhist sites and now vanished kingdoms in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan that Xuanzang wrote about Traveling seamlessly back and forth in time between the seventh century and the twenty first, Saran uncovers the past with consummate skill even as she brings alive the present through her vivid and engaging descriptions of people and places A riveting mix of lively reportage, high adventure, historical inquiry and personal memoir, this delightfully written book is a path breaking travelogue.

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10 thoughts on “Chasing The Monks Shadow

  1. Leanne says:

    After re reading Richard Bernstein s In the footsteps travelogue of the monk recently and hating it as much the second time as the first time I read it, I was delighted to discover that Mishi Saran had written her own book to trace the travels of the great Chinese translator and monk Xuanzang This book was everything Bernstein s was not She is fluent in the language and very respectful of the people she encounters along the way A good sport and a free spirit, she leaves her life in Hong Kon After re reading Richard Bernstein s In the footsteps travelogue of the monk recently and hating it as much the second time as the first time I read it, I was delighted to discover that Mishi Saran had written her own book to trace the travels of the great Chinese translator and monk Xuanzang This book was everything Bernstein s was not She is fluent in the language and very respectful of the people she encounters along the way A good sport and a free spirit, she leaves her life in Hong Kong and travels overland from Xian to India along the Silk Road The book was published by Penguin India Books from India always have a familar smell that I can t put my finger on but I like It might remind me of books from my childhood the paper and the fonts Also hand sewn So, my reading was really enjoyable on multiple levels The maps were good and the storytelling fun and positive Not to be missed

  2. Neha says:

    I was looking forward to read this book after reading its description, but disappointed after completing it Hats off to the author for taking such an adventurous long journey There are some parts of book which was interesting, but most of the book was kind of boring I felt like some things are missing even though author tried to include Xuanzang s and her own travel experience This is my first travelogue but I have gone through a fare share of travel blogs and documentaries and may be my ex I was looking forward to read this book after reading its description, but disappointed after completing it Hats off to the author for taking such an adventurous long journey There are some parts of book which was interesting, but most of the book was kind of boring I felt like some things are missing even though author tried to include Xuanzang s and her own travel experience This is my first travelogue but I have gone through a fare share of travel blogs and documentaries and may be my expectation was different which made it less interesting for me

  3. Anuradha Goyal says:

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  4. Dalia Singh says:

    I had different expectations from this book the journey was great and kudos to the author for taking it, but the information was very superficial and didn t satisfy me there are parts which are interesting, but overall, the book failed to impress the context switching was random, there were parts where author s own ideas of things overpowered the actual account and the story telling itself was not good.

  5. Manu says:

    There are some books that one wishes went on forever, for the vicarious experience offered is incredible This is one of those Long after the pages have been completed, the journey promises to stay in my mind It is now exactly a decade since Mishi Saran started on her journey to follow a monk who had himself made a journey of over 10000 miles, 14 centuries before her time Xuanzang, who I last met in my history text from school, the monk with the neat backpack The book hooked me right from There are some books that one wishes went on forever, for the vicarious experience offered is incredible This is one of those Long after the pages have been completed, the journey promises to stay in my mind It is now exactly a decade since Mishi Saran started on her journey to follow a monk who had himself made a journey of over 10000 miles, 14 centuries before her time Xuanzang, who I last met in my history text from school, the monk with the neat backpack The book hooked me right from the time the author described how she found a purpose an Indian woman with a Chinese craze, a Chinese monk with an Indian obsession, we had the same schizophrenia, the monk and I It seemed logical to take the same road The best journeys are those which traverse time and space in one stroke, and that s exactly what this book does Though in many ways, it could be described as a travelogue too, that would be utterly unfair It is very much a personal journey for the author, a search for her roots, and identity As Mishi Saran travels across China and Central Asia, following Xuanzang s path, her vivid prose blurs the boundaries that have been created in the modern era, and its easy to see the influence of ancient civilisations and regimes influence art, architecture, language, customs and thus life itself And at the edges, where its not just cultures that collide, but religions too, as they are reshaped or recast in different moulds Islam, Buddhism, Sufism The writing style forces one to make the journey with her, and I could see that there were actually three journeys unraveling simultaneously the author, the monk, and the Buddha himself All of them journeys with a purpose And amidst all the eloquence, it has obviously been a journey that required grit and courage. And luck, which many a time failed the author From places where children going to school needed visas and permits, to the posturing of a few contemporary students of Buddhism, to the origins of words that are still used in common parlance, and characters which seem to leap out of history pages Ashoka, Kanishka, Chandragupta, the pages hold in them, tangential journeys for the reader The last part of the book, where the author gets to almost finally visit the territories crossed by Xuanzang in Afghanistan, is written a month before 9 11, and gives us a gripping account of Afghanistan under the Taliban, with glimpses of people who have perhaps yet to find peace I believed him It was hard not to believe a man when you were standing in front of his blown up home and staring at the ruins of his life Whatever the story was, this was his truth Unlike fiction, one cannot console the self that the person and his story are imaginary The last part of the journey does not add a lot with respect to the purpose of the book, but it s a part that I m glad the author chose to add here As a reader, I could relate to the author s words in the last page I understood less, notI had acquired this sadness , and that is what makes this book one of the best I ve read

  6. Kedar Kulkarni says:

    Xuanzang pronounced Shwezang in the Chinese was an incredible monk and mishi Saran the author does a decent job catching up with him as she travel through china and the Indian subcontinent.The books style is a travel memoir with the travel being, following the footsteps of this monk he walked, she takes every possible vehicle imaginable.I would have liked a littlewalking for some reason, and a little less personal anecdotes andquotations from Xuanzang s original text.There is also on Xuanzang pronounced Shwezang in the Chinese was an incredible monk and mishi Saran the author does a decent job catching up with him as she travel through china and the Indian subcontinent.The books style is a travel memoir with the travel being, following the footsteps of this monk he walked, she takes every possible vehicle imaginable.I would have liked a littlewalking for some reason, and a little less personal anecdotes andquotations from Xuanzang s original text.There is also one factual error where he apparently walked and impossible distance in two days.I think she said 300 kms or 600 li should belike 60 kms even that seems a stretch clarifications from the author would be nice.The history part and detail, fleshing out, and connections made do impress, but only rarely, when ms Saran is not obsessed with her own personal travel dilemmas.Along with the map of her journey the places list along with the time period ruler and dates would have been an addition I would have really appreciated.Having said that the book does delight in parts and her care for the journey and passion for the scholarship and history at hand comes through.But there is too much tired cliched writing about her personal life that could have been left out.That narrative layer bogs the book down a bit and the cliched personal history to her relationship to the monks seems a far stretch the spiritual confusions or clarifications seem inane and did not interest me.Well to conclude glad she took the trip and shared her insights with utmost sincerity Cheers on that account Chasing the Monk s Shadow

  7. Sitara says:

    I picked up this book in a small bookstore in Kathmandu after reading the back An Indian woman with a China craze, a Chinese Monk with an Indian obsession we had the same schizophrenia, the monk and I It seemed logical to take the same road The author follows the footsteps of Xuanzang, the 7th century buddhist monk who traveled from China to India to find and translate the Yogacara Buddhist texts She takes the silk road through Uzbekistan, Kyrgstan, and Afghanistan into various provinces o I picked up this book in a small bookstore in Kathmandu after reading the back An Indian woman with a China craze, a Chinese Monk with an Indian obsession we had the same schizophrenia, the monk and I It seemed logical to take the same road The author follows the footsteps of Xuanzang, the 7th century buddhist monk who traveled from China to India to find and translate the Yogacara Buddhist texts She takes the silk road through Uzbekistan, Kyrgstan, and Afghanistan into various provinces of India, trying to find herself through the monk s eyes The only problem is that the book touches on various historical subjects only a cursory overview which leads the reader horribly dissatisfied with her tale of history and thirsting for

  8. S A says:

    On the surface the book is about exploration of the great journey Kudos to the author for taking on an exciting journey The book has interesting tidbits of life along the silk road and parallel commentary from Xuan Tsang sources Yet, the author shows only a superficial interest in the monk s journey psychology Granted, this is a very difficult topic considering the geopolitical and culture difficulties But the author does not seem drawn to Xuan Tsang as a person or history in general any mo On the surface the book is about exploration of the great journey Kudos to the author for taking on an exciting journey The book has interesting tidbits of life along the silk road and parallel commentary from Xuan Tsang sources Yet, the author shows only a superficial interest in the monk s journey psychology Granted, this is a very difficult topic considering the geopolitical and culture difficulties But the author does not seem drawn to Xuan Tsang as a person or history in general anythan passing interest in a cool topic which it is Aresearched approach would have helped the book

  9. Vamshi Krishna says:

    Mishi Saran traces the enthralling journey of the most famous historian xuangxang after 800 years of his monumental travel to the medivial India.The Mesmer hangs in the atmosphere while reading this book the reader is filled with a nostalgia, something unknown that one longed for previously, but forgotten as the times passed, is forced to enter the reader s memory while scrolling these pages the reader somehow finds himself in the enlightening journey, with xuanxuang,and the joy of travel.One Mishi Saran traces the enthralling journey of the most famous historian xuangxang after 800 years of his monumental travel to the medivial India.The Mesmer hangs in the atmosphere while reading this book the reader is filled with a nostalgia, something unknown that one longed for previously, but forgotten as the times passed, is forced to enter the reader s memory while scrolling these pages the reader somehow finds himself in the enlightening journey, with xuanxuang,and the joy of travel.One of the best written travel books,it has managed to make an impact in my life..A must read for travel lovers

  10. Pramod Pant says:

    It was a great enterprise taken up But Mishi Saran floundered It s sorrowful to be a woman who needs protection of men or of numbers, frequently of both One feels sad that half of us are still haunted by the feeling that they are potential victims of men to such an extent.Contrast with the great monk s journey couldn t be starker.