Half raucous adventure and half inspirational memoir, Rude Awakenings documents an unusual pilgrimage. Two very different men—life-loving naturalist Nick Scott and austere Buddhist monk Ajahn Sucitto—together spend six months retracing the Buddha’s footsteps through India. Told alternately by Sucitto and Scott in their distinctive voices, this story blends self-effacing humor, philosophical explorations, drama, travel observations, and the occasional giant fruit bat. Rude Awakenings is a heady record of survival and spirituality set against the dramatic backdrop of one of India’s most lawless regions.
“This generous book by ‘Two Englishmen’ on pilgrimage in India is utterly delightful and filled with insight. Although the outer details of their travels are recorded as well, it is basically an honest and brilliantly executed book about an inner pilgrimage.”—Narayan Liebenson Grady