By Broughton Coburn
Vishnu Maya, known as Aama (Mother) by means of every body in her tiny Nepalese village, was once residing excessive within the Himalayas while she befriended American Peace Corps employee Broughton Coburn in 1974. In 1988, Aama came visiting him--on a visit prescribed by means of village monks as a fashion for the eighty-four-year-old, four-foot-eight lady to earn advantage by way of creating a tough trip past due in lifestyles.
Aama in Americais a bright chronicle of what grew to become a twenty-five-state, coast-to-coast event. Guided through the perpetual interest and deeply religious orientation in their inventive, unpredictable trip significant other, Coburn and his fiancée progressively started to view their kingdom from a wholly new standpoint. "Beneath the uniform, advertisement, man-made skin of our country," Coburn writes, "Aama came across a tradition and panorama that was once alive and sacred, and he or she advised us towards it."
Aama in the USA is on one point an offbeat American travelogue. yet on one other it's a profound...
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No. ” I dropped Aama at home and returned to town to tie up some loose ends at work and go to the bank. The central bank accepts revenue for the government, and passport applicants must deposit the passport fee in person unless exempted. I had no excuse for not bringing Aama with me other than being swept up in a routine day full of hurry, the kind of rush that had often backed me into a corner. The last thing we needed now was a bureaucrat attempting to slow the paperwork down in order to apply resistance and up the stakes—“pressurizing,” as it is referred to jocularly in local English.
Around us, terraces of dark soil had been sculpted into topographic map contours that cradled small hamlets of grass-thatched, earthen houses. The subtropical scene was peaceful and motionless, the distant chatter of mynahs and staticky buzz of cicadas the only sounds. For Didi especially, getting here had been a long trip. Impatient to shake off her six years at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, near San Diego, she set out for Europe in the early seventies with her sister Teddi. They landed on an island in the Mediterranean, then kept going—across the Middle East to Asia on the sixties’ silk route, the Hashish Trail.
ANCHOR BOOKS and colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc. All photos except top photo on this page (William Thompson), this page (Eric Valli), and this page (Russell Johnson) are by the author and are reprinted by permission of the author. The Library of Congress has cataloged the hardcover edition as follows: Coburn, Broughton, 1951– Aama in America : a pilgrimage of the heart / Broughton Coburn. — 1st ed. p. cm. 1. United States—Social life and customs—1971– 2. United States—Description and travel.