Visakha Govt.Degree College(W),
**Prof. T. Narayana
Dept. of English,
The most acclaimed American humourist Mark Twain had been exercising a great influence on the American society from his grave even more than a century after of his death. Mark Twain visited India during his travel trip through the British colonies and a marvellous account of it was later appeared as his major travelogue “Following the Equator.” Being a traveller and a realist he had given mostly the true depiction of his experiences and encounters of the places he had visited. Samuel Clemens’s blistering criticism had no partiality towards any country or any place he visited, even his native country America had no exception from his criticism. Despite of the physical and environmental troubles faced by him in the tropical country India, it has made an indelible impression on his mind. Almost 40 percent of the book Following the Equator (chapters 12, 38-61) was devoted for his fascinating experiences in India. He was captivated by the amassing wealth and fabulous poverty, natural resources, its intellectual people, the lavish palaces of rajas and maharajas and the splendid Indian costumes and the bewitching colour everywhere. He mentioned that the one land all men desire to see is India. With this remark he had given a clarion call to the world that every traveller should visit India.
Supremacy of India, Hinduism, the fabulous India, Hsuan Tsang, Suttee, child marriages, Thugs