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FATHER INDIA: Westerners Under the Spell of an Ancient Culture, by Jeffrey Paine. New York, HarperCollins, 1999, 324 pp., with b/w photos, $14.

Toward the middle of this detailed and thoughtful book, the author says his work is “about how different hopes for the West — visions of another kind of West — were glimpsed, of all unlikely places, on the Indian subcontinent.”

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