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An American in Gandhi's India: The Biography of Satyanand Stokes Paperback – July 9, 2008
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"Sharma has written a lively and philosophical book, reflecting closely Stokes's mixed personality and steely commitment." —Michael Fathers, Time Asia(Michael Fathers Time Asia)
"This is... the story of the commitment to India that prompted Gandhi to describe Stokes as a foreigner who had made India his home, 'in a manner in which perhaps no other American or Englishman has.'" —Mark Tully, India Today(Mark Tully India Today)
"Of the men and women from foreign climes who came to India to preach and stayed to learn, the name of Samuel Stokes is an outstanding one." —Chanchal Sarkar, Hindustan Times(Chanchal Sarkar Hindustan Times)
"The fascinating story of Samuel Evans Stokes is a meticulously documented and well-written book." —H. V. Sharada Prasad, Asian Age(H. V. Sharada Prasad Asian Age)
"All interested in the America-India relationship, including the growing ranks of Indian-Americans, will profit from this fascinating account of an 'American Indian,' a Pennsylvania Quaker who made the hills of northern India his home, and who played a memorable role in India's freedom movement." —Rajmohan Gandhi, author of Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire(Rajmohan Gandhi, author of Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire)
"Asha Sharma, the author of this lovingly detailed and enormously moving biography, is a granddaughter of Stokes.... Sharma makes Stokes' story alluring in both its early Philadelphia moments and its long unfolding in India." —Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer(Carlin Romano Philadelphia Inquirer 2009-01-00)
"This is a significant and important book about late colonial and nationalist India.... Asha Sharma writes sensitively and insightfully about Stokes's sometimes turbulent family life, his role as a local leader in the Simla Hills... and in the broader terrain of Punjab politics and Gandhi's colleague and interlocutor." —Lloyd Rudolph, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 83, No. 1(Lloyd Rudolph Pacific Affairs)
"This compelling account of the life of American missionary to India... reads like a novel while offering a meticulously researched portrayal of the social and political environment of India in the decades prior to independence." —Lyn Miller, Quaker History(Lyn Miller Quaker History)
From the Publisher
"Sharma has written a lively and philosophical book, reflecting closely Stokes's mixed personality and steely commitment." --Michael Fathers, Time Asia
"This is . . . the story of the commitment to India that prompted Gandhi to describe Stokes as a foreigner who had made India his home, 'in a manner in which perhaps no other American or Englishman has.'" --Mark Tully, India Today
"Of the men and women from foreign climes who came to India to preach and stayed to learn, the name of Samuel Stokes is an outstanding one." --Chanchal Sarkar, Hindustan Times
"The fascinating story of Samuel Evans Stokes is a meticulously documented and well-written book." --H. V. Sharada Prasad, Asian Age
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Do you know who Samuel Stokes is? Talented writer, Asha Sharma has tackled this question and the results are brilliant. From the humble beginnings of Samuel Stokes in Philadelphia emerges an extraordinary man that finds his way to India not only help the local underserved community but to become a strong voice for their protection.
This literary masterwork starts into his biography with no hesitation, grabbing the reader to jump into unlikely beginning of a life that unfolds and blooms later in India. Stokes' family upbringing and environment are that of a typical established American family and yet Sharma describes some early indicators of the man's greatness before he was old enough to realize them himself. What others may have seen as a young man without solid plans or direction, Sharma brings to life Stokes' climb from a humble visitor of India to a key leader in the battle for India's independence.
Chapters reflecting Stokes' time in jail, the only American jailed by British for India's independence, gives the reader a extraordinary foretaste of the landscape of Gandhi's fight for independence. The words create a compelling image of Stokes and beg the reader to turn the page to explore further into the detailed account of his life and struggles for independence for his adopted homeland.
The author, who is the granddaughter of the famous Stokes, doesn't shy away from telling the complexity of the story including Stokes sometimes less popular steps along the way. Drawing on Stoke's books, journals, letters and interviews, Sharma builds a powerful portrait of this unexpected leader in Gandhi's independence movement.
An American in Gandhi's India is a must read for historians, activists, educators, community leaders and anyone with an interest in India, its people and culture. What stands this book apart is that it appeals to the sophistication of an academic reader already immersed in the history of India as well as the novice just interested in reading a well-written biography of an extraordinary man. This book keeps Satyanand Stokes' legend alive and begs the film industry to take the next step and bring this to the big screen.