18 Sep 2011
re Dr Carlebach - well I remember the part of that article, Hugh, that you posted at another site some years ago. I made a copy and have been sharing it with others, ever since.
When I looked up Dr Carlebach/ Karlebakh on the internet, I discovered that in the last year of his life he had paid a momentous visit to India, as a result of which he fell precipitously in love with the place and on his return to Israel, closeted himself and wrote furiously, producing just before his death a book of appreciation of India, and of Indian culture, which was the first book about India ever written in Hebrew. It sold like hotcakes and went off to India in the back pocket or backpack of many a young Israeli making their Indian trip after military service and before settling down. Indeed I suspect that that book may have had something to do with the human connections, forged initially at grassroots by all those young Israeli adventurers (some of whom later went back to India to establish business connections), that is slowly filtering upward toward diplomatic level.
I do not know whether Carlebach's Hebrew book on India, that may have helped foster the developing rapprochement between Israel and India, has ever been translated into either English or Hindi. But if it has not, perhaps it should be.
I know that I, for one, would like to read it.