A beautiful review Marzia Turicchia. Thank you and I hope he can also publish it on Amazon.it:
"I read the book and Cooper" Made in Nirvana "slowly .... I realized from the prologue that the" knit and purl " awoke something in me, something was telling me: “Carry on, you are in it yourself!” I was intrigued and perhaps a bit hesitant, because I perceived I was approaching a distant memory, but I continued and dived into a fantastic journey full of "magic" Maria, with her doubts, insecurity and curiosity leads us to reflect on who we are and what we seek. Slowly, a transformation takes place: the first approach with a country with different culture and the encounter with Buddhism give birth to a seed that germinates. It is the story of all of us, different each time but similar... knit purl, knit purl! The pain is no longer seen as destruction but as an opportunity to improve, to grow from within. On page 59 of Made in Nirvana I read ..... ‘we can decide how to respond to any situation that presents to us. And that’s where we have the freedom to choose, like at a crossroads. ‘ Maria’s courage and conviction falters at times but she shows us that we can overcome obstacles and win... obstacles become benefits. I finished the book and I felt a great sense of peace and joy and I have talked to friends, acquaintances and fellow believers with great enthusiasm. I recommend it to everyone but particularly to young people and anyway, once you have read page 1 you are never going to feel bored. Definitely is a wonderful journey!!!!!! Thanks Emanuela C. and carry on writing!”
From Chapter 4 of Made in Nirvana, our friends go on their first serious bus ride in India. Good luck!:
....Back on the bus, ticket in hand, she looked for her numbered seat. Franca wasn't there yet, but she didn't worry, she would turn up. She found her place in a row of three. Sitting by the window, an elderly Indian woman with white hair was looking out. There was a bundle on Maria's seat.
"Excuse me! Excuse me," she said, but the old woman ignored her, as if she were deaf.
Maria took the bundle and put it on her legs. This time, the elderly lady looked at her; she was beautiful, petite, with regular features and smooth skin, her hair held in a long white braid. Maria smiled at her, showing her her ticket, but the woman turned back to look out the window. Just then, Franca got on and came to sit next to Maria.
"These seats are narrow, eh?" she said, trying to settle down, but she could hardly fit. "It's a good job that we are all slim!" she added.
Wearing almost identical saris, one pink, one red, with almost the same height and build, they could easily have been sisters. To keep her long hair tidy during the trip Maria, who was only slightly taller, had gathered it in a braid, like Franca, and this added even more to the illusion.
Behind them sat a pretty western girl with reddish hair and green eyes. She wore a long skirt and a beautiful hand embroidered waistcoat over a thin white shirt. Franca turned around and asked if she knew how long it would take to get to Manali.
"Seventeen hours, if all goes well. We'll arrive tomorrow morning at eleven o'clock… perhaps," replied the girl.
"What?" the girls exclaimed at the same time....
Born in Treviso on the 18th November 1953, Emanuela Cooper studies foreign languages at the College for Tourism in Venice and later Political Science at Padua University. Following a rather extreme existential crisis, towards the end of the 70s, she decides to travel to India ‘to have a look’ and, with any luck, find herself. Made in Nirvana is inspired by the first two trips to India, where Emanuela Cooper returns many times, living there for six years. A big part of the story of Made in Nirvana is based on her personal experience, while the other part is fruit of her vivid imagination. What may appear as invented has probably really happened, and vice versa!