Monday, October 4, 2010

“Expect the Unexpected” with Author Eric Gustafson

Eric Gustafson will speak about and sign copies of his book, Expect the Unexpected: Adventures of a Westerner Sitting in the Lap of Mother India, at Bernardsville Public Library on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 pm. The book is a personal telling of his experiences on visits to India where he has traveled 15 times over the past 11 years. His travels have brought him to varied locales, and he has captured many of the unique aspects of this vast sub-continent in his book.

Gustafson had originally planned to go to India for the Millennium, then to Thailand the next year, followed by Cambodia, and Vietnam in ensuing years. But there was always something more he wanted: to understand the religions (with nuances elusive to a Westerner), to familiarize himself with the thousands of Hindu gods, and learn insights into Indian behavior, and mores and concepts foreign to him.

During the program, Gustafson will offer travel advice too, because traveling in India can be dangerous as well as uncomfortable. He’ll provide tips on train travel, advice on whether to travel by bus (and what kind of bus) or by train or car. There are many pitfalls that the average tourist can and should avoid. Tips on how to maneuver most comfortably, economically and safely in this complex environment will be the thrust of his talk. Interaction with Indians while travelling involves many do's and don'ts. “A trip within India can be unforgettably thrilling,” Gustafson says, “But ill-advised behavior can invite disaster. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

There is no charge to attend the program, but advance sign-up is requested. Register online at and follow the link under Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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