A Passage through India, 1969-1970” is an impressive reminder of ten thousand miles and countless unforgettable encounters


Frank J. Young, a retired Foreign Service official who has worked in international development for the US government and private sector for over four decades and now resides in Sarasota, Fla. with his wife Patricia Oxley Young, has completed his new book 47 Aerogrammes: A Passage through India, 1969-1970: a gripping autobiography and diary commemorating his second study abroad period in Bangalore.

“Scratch a cynic and you will find a disappointed idealist.”

George Carlin’s insightful observation accurately described Frank Young on the day he graduated from high school in 1968. Growing up in the small town of Modesto in the San Joaquin Valley of California, he saw the world more in ways he wished existed outside of his community. That was to change dramatically on a muggy evening in 1969 when he set foot in India.

Set in Bangalore, 47 Aerogrammes chronicles Frank’s journey to a remarkable country that would shape the nineteen-year-old’s view of the world and change him in ways he never imagined. Landing in Calcutta in September 1969 with sixty-two other classmates from Callison College in Stockton, California, he quickly confronted the reality he would face over the next nine months: how to break out of your comfort zone and adapt adapt a culture that bears little resemblance to your home 8,700 miles away? In countless encounters with people and places as he criss-crossed the Indian subcontinent, his journey through India became his journey into adulthood. From the generosity of strangers in towns and villages, to unctuous bureaucrats, to an orthodox Brahmin family that proved parental love speaks the same language in every culture, his year in India transformed him in ways that neither friends nor family back home would recognize. His greatest revelation, however, came four decades later, when he landed in New Delhi as a foreign service officer on behalf of the US Agency for International Development: The transformation had never stopped. Using diaries, letters and photographs taken half a century ago, this book takes the reader through Frank’s many adventures where, at the end of the day, “Anything is possible in India”.

Frank J. Young’s captivating book, published by Page Publishing, is an excellent choice for avid readers of all ages.

Readers who wish to experience this captivating work can do so to buy “47 Aerogrammes: A Passage through India, 1969-1970” in all bookstores or online in the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

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