Author Frank J. Young’s new book “47 Aerogrammes: A Passage through India, 1969-1970” is an evocative memoir of ten thousand miles and countless indelible encounters

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Recent release “47 Aerogrammes: A Passage through India, 1969-1970” from Page Publishing author Frank J. Young is a fascinating reflection on the college adventure that would chart the course of a rewarding and impactful four-decade career working in or visiting eighty-eight countries and rising to senior levels of the US Agency fir International Development.

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Frank J. Young, a retired career foreign service officer who has spent over four decades working in international development with the US government and in the private sector and now lives with his wife, Patricia Oxley Young, in Sarasota, Florida, has completed his new book “47 Aerogrammes: A Passage through India, 1969-1970”: a compelling autobiography and journal recalling his sophomore study abroad in Bangalore.
“Scratch a cynic, and you will find a disappointed idealist.”

George Carlin’s insightful observation accurately described Frank Young on the day of his high school graduation in 1968. Growing up in the small San Joaquin Valley town of Modesto, California, his view of the world was the one he wished it to be rather than the one that existed outside his community. That would change dramatically on a sultry evening in 1969 when he set foot in India.

With Bangalore as the backdrop, 47 Aerogrammes charts Frank’s journey in a remarkable country that would shape this nineteen-year-old’s view of the world and change him in ways he could never have 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 does one break free from one’s comfort zone and adapt to a culture that bears little resemblance to your home 8700 miles away? In countless encounters with people and places as he crisscrossed the Indian subcontinent, his passage through India became his passage to adulthood. From the generosity of strangers in cities and villages, to unctuous bureaucrats, to an orthodox Brahmin family who demonstrated that parental love speaks the same language in any culture, his year in India transformed him in ways neither friends nor family back home would recognize. But his biggest revelation came four decades later upon landing in New Delhi as a foreign service officer on assignment in India for the US Agency for International Development: the transformation had never stopped. Through journals, letters and photographs taken a half century ago, this book takes the reader through Frank’s many adventures where at the end of the day, “In India, anything is possible.”

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

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “47 Aerogrammes: A Passage through India, 1969-1970” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

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