In “The Better Half of Diplomacy,” the author Lekha recounts her experiences as the wife of an Indian Foreign Service officer, covering 37 years and travels to countries including Japan, Bhutan, the U.S., the Soviet Union, and Fiji. The author presents her experiences in a matter-of-fact and accepting tone, absorbing the unique cultures of each country and admiring the beauty around her. Whether it’s the charm of Bhutan, the rudeness of a Soviet woman shopkeeper, or the political turmoil of Fiji, she portrays her experiences with a charming acceptance and wholehearted admiration of anything beautiful, like the artistry of the Bolshoi Ballet or the stunning view of Mount Fuji. This book provides a unique insight into the life of a diplomat’s wife.
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