What made you stay on in India after that? You say you came back and found things were not as you expected... But here you are…
This is my home. It's my home. It's my home. It's my home. And just because something is not what you expected doesn’t mean you don't like it. It's not what I expected and that's normal.
You've been away for a long time and you're surprised by the reality of life. But I find this country probably is one of the most exciting countries to be in the world now. There's so much happening. You meet so many amazing people. There's amazing lives being led here.
Like I say in the book, I feel like I have a ringside view to history. I feel like history is unfolding in front of me and am part of it. I don't feel that way in the US or Europe where everything feels slower. History has already played out in those places.
Are you optimistic about India?
I say in the epilogue that I'm cautiously optimistic...very cautiously optimistic.
There's so much potential, so much opportunity and so much energy in India. So, the question is how it gets harnessed... Does it play itself out in a positive way? Because unfocussed energy can also be chaotic and play itself out negatively.
It's a very important turning point in the country now and we'll have to see what direction it goes in. But certainly, there are grounds for optimism.
In Picture: Great Adjutant storks fly by young rag-pickers at a garbage dump in Assam
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