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Leeching Through the Soul

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In The Hot Unconscious: An Indian Journey by  Charles Foster, book reviewWhen the cat shrieks as it is crushed under the rickshaw wheel down South, you begin to wonder whether you want to continue with the book. Especially since that is juggled with other kinds of struggles in the soul. Gradually however, Foster settles down to his bizarre Indian journey. His purpose is to collect and study leeches but the nuts and bolts of Indian bureaucracy gets in his way. Stuck in a Raj flavoured lodge in North India he providentially falls ill and strikes up a deal with the domestics who will enable him to wend his leech seeking way without letting word get out.

Through leeches and travels Foster begins to explore the recesses of his soul while delving through the Indian character and the lessons of the vedas.


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