This is indeed India! - Mark Twain

Posted on 12 October 2016

Words of Wonder by Mark Twain

"This is indeed India!
…. The land of dreams and romance,
of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty,
of splendour and rags,
of palaces and hovels,
of famine and pestilence,
of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps,
of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle,
the country of hundred nations and a hundred tongues,
of a thousand religions and two million gods,
cradle of the human race,
birthplace of human speech,
mother of history, grandmother of legend,
great-grandmother of traditions,
whose yesterday’s bear date with the modering antiquities
for the rest of nations - the one sole country under the sun
that is endowed with an imperishable interest for alien prince and alien peasant,
for lettered and ignorant,
wise and fool,
rich and poor,
bond and free,
the one land that all men desire to see,
and having seen once, by even a glimpse,
would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined."

Mark Twain

Mark Twain Portrait

Mark Twain is one of the greatest American writers of all time. He also had time to be a social activist in his day as he was a firm supporter of women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. Mark Twain is still celebrated today for the words seamlessly managed to weave into American culture through the characters of "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn".

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