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Violeta Stanichich, journalist

A book with contemporary Indian stories, which seems to have been written by Indian authors. Upon my returning from the subcontinent, the depth and understanding of this fantastic new old world astonished me.

Hristo Karastoyanov, writer

“Touching the feet” throws light on crucial aspects of the contemporary Indian man and woman’s psychology.

Ivanka Mogilska, writer

The nine stories from the book “Touching the feet” seem to me like nine instant clicks of India, made with different colour filter. They put the reader in an exceptional atmosphere, make me want to look closer, to discover the details so that I learn something new or keep on fancying how the stories continue.

Adelina Genova, blogger

A book which proves that sometimes a country can be best seen and described through the eyes of the foreigner.

Ameliya Litcheva, critic

It is delightful news that in a decade in which prose by Indian authors, who write about India from a foreign perspective is so popular, such stories come out in Bulgarian literature and reverse the prism by giving their own view on “how things happen in India”.

Temz Arabajieva, blogger

Colour by colour line up Love, Sorrow, Joy, Justice and lack of Justice. “Touching the feet” is not a story only about India. This collection tells us about the people of India – breathing, laughing, many-faced, raving like an ocean. It is an original passage between and the old and new world, between cultures with common roots that time has divided.

Miroslav Moravski, musician

I saw India. Literally. I stared at the heavy waters of the Ganges, shook hands with Sikh people, was chased by rickshaw-wallas, talked in Hindi with Indian ticket “babus”, discovered features of our morherland in the beauty of Kashmir. And all of this happened in the short distance between the armchair and my bed. I just had the pleasure of reading, experiencing and feeling the pulse of India through the pages of a single book.

Hristo Blajev, publisher and blogger

The narrative sometimes flows slowly, sometimes rapidly. The diaries of Nicky and Elena don’t distinguish too much in style, but make an unbreakable unity. India as seen through their eyes usurps the mind and even a fierce atheist like me gets lost in the prevailing spirituality. India cannot be explained or bound with categories. India is herself and is everything at the same time. I recommend this book without a shadow of doubt. I rarely read travelogues but this one is worth rereading.

Hristo Blajev, publisher and blogger

I admit that both authors surprised me with their skillful way of writing – at times I found myself holding my breath and devouring the pages. And I wouldn’t be surprised if on the backcover I saw the name of Rana Dasgupta instead of their names.

Hristo Karastoyanov, writer

This is a genuine penetration into contemporary India. The authors have clearly said it: “From place to place just like with a magic wand Indian people succeeded in untying the knot which usually holds tight the hearts of European tourists.

Tatyana Evtimova, Indologist

India is a dynamic and an absolutely unpredictable “reality show”, which is so well-captured and sealed in words by Elly nd Nicky, that one feels like dashing out of home and reaching in the blink of an eye any of the destinations forming this unique and vivid embroidery of thousand-old colourful threads.

Nevena Dishlieva-Krasteva, publisher and translator

Even when they are totally immersed in the present, they see something more, reach other worlds. Just like the little Kishor slightly opens the violet curtain to see the naked bodies of his uncle and the neighbour Kanti, in the same way the curtain is raised in front of the reader, and behind it he finds a different world. And I believe, this is valid not only for those who don’t know India at all.

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