Fragments of Grace: My Search for Meaning in the Strife of South Asia

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Fragments of Grace: My Search for Meaning in the Strife of South Asia

By Pamela Constable
Brassey's, 2004
288 pp. $26.95
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In reflecting on her time reporting from South Asia, Constable, a distinguished Washington Post correspondent, combines introspection about her own life with clear-headed accounts of turmoil and conflict in India and Pakistan (including Kashmir), Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. She is particularly good at capturing the problems and remarkable dignity of people living under harsh conditions. In describing India, for example, she makes vivid the desperate poverty and religious conviction of Hindus and Muslims alike. She also made several trips to Afghanistan during and after Taliban rule and conveys well the misery of women's lives under radical Islamist rule. Throughout, Constable's combination of the public and the private gives character and authority to her account, making this far more profound than either a mere travelogue or a reporting of political events.