For more than a few and somewhat complicated reasons that I have yet to fully work out, my awakening to Asian cultures happened just recently. And this I am speaking as one who was born and raised in an Asian country, who has visited a number of others (including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Taiwan), and read a modest amount of Asian classical literature. I suspect part of the reason is that, prior to the awakening - if this is an appropriate way to put it - I was one of the actors on the stage, rather than a curious spectator. Having then lived in England for nine consecutive years, and undergone a slow cultural reform of some sort, I found myself, when I came back to my roots in July 2005, in a position quite different from that I was in previously to view and appreciate Asia. Thus far, the experience has been a very refreshing and rewarding one. For the contents of Asian cultures are so rich and diversified. I am currently in Calcutta, India. As I have come to see, this is an endlessly fascinating country. As an amateur writer, I can only be too happy, for the inspiration to write is currently in abundance.
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All the world is chattering about India being "the next great economic superpower," and all India is chattering about Calcutta's ambition to become the country's next great "global city." Why, India's...