This is the second book by M.P. Prabhakaran on his world-trotting experience. The first one, Capitalism Comes to Mao's Mausoleum, was published three years ago. This book is devoted exclusively to the 30-day tour he undertook through 10 countries of Europe in the summer of 2009.
If academic qualifications are a measure of one's learning experience, Prabhakaran says in the "Preface" to the fi rst book, he has a string of them, including a Ph.D. in Political Science from The New School for Social Research, New York. "But," he hastens to add, "what I learned from this prestigious American institution and, before that, from various academic institutions in India is no match for what I did from my travels around the world."
In describing what he felt at the end of the 2009 European tour, he goes a step further. "The more I travel," he says, "the more I discover my ignorance." He admits that his description is a
mangled version of poet Shelley's immortal words: "The more we study, the more we discover our ignorance." But, he adds, he could not find a better way to express his enlightening experience.
The tour of 10 European countries, he says in the "Preface" to this book, opened his mind to various aspects of European cultures he had been quite ignorant of. Through the subsequent pages of the book, he shares with readers the knowledge he gained from conversations with people and from events and objects he got exposed to during that tour.show more