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By Brian M. Schwartz

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I did not like to think how narrowly I had escaped death. Indeed, I was luckier than I knew: two French tourists, I found out years later, were taken into custody by State Research soon after my release. They were anything away, and out would never seen again. come the crumpled pages. INDIA AND NEPAL: 1977 "India fries your brains, man. " My informant was American, wore a scraggly beard and metal-rimmed glasses, and probably did a lot of dope himself. I hardly listened; I had heard the same story many times before.

We were going I knew was rumored me on thought there, or possibly to the rain forest the Jinja highway was east of town. east but wasn't sure. Before rection, the car turned into a walls. to be in just such a suburb. I I could work out our driveway and parked in a garden. I di- tried my mounting apprehension; I would show them that Americans do not scare easily. "That is a pretty tree," I said. "It is mango tree," replied the State Research man. to conceal was indeed a beautiful garden. Around the massive tree, the lawn was dappled with sunshine.

The airline put me up at the Nairobi Hilton, where in the I spent the days sprawled by the pool, basking sun and unaccustomed luxury. the midst of Nairobi's stubby skyline, The pool was outdoors, set in and Bombay and the mysteries of the Orient seemed impossibly far away. But four nights at Santa Cruz airport in Bombay's suburbs. The was was hot, later I arrival hall humid, and disappointingly modern; airports everywhere are alike. Gandhi is supposed to have said that Delhi is not India. Neither is Bombay, which, eign country like large cities itself, throughout the world, is really a for- an alien in the land of its birth.

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