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Nehru's neutrality policy after Indian independence, the solidarity movement of the 1968 generation, the opening of the Indian market: the West's view of India has changed fundamentally again and again. The German-language travel literature on India, which arose after 1945, is the subject of the present study as a reflection of the European self-image. The aim of the investigation is to work out characteristic complexes of topics, patterns of interpretation and methods of representation. Instead of reconstructing or evaluating the travelers' “images of India” as such, the motivations, expectations and ideological influences that determine them are placed in the foreground. Texts by around fifteen authors are examined; the oldest text was published in 1961, the most recent in 2009. The study also takes into account travel reports by authors from the GDR who have not yet received any attention in previous research. The author, born in 1981, studied German at the University of Pune (India). In 2010 she did her doctorate with the present study at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.

Anushka Gokhale has studied Indian classical music (singing) for a total of 16 years since she was a child. She also learned other styles of music: Bhajans (Hindu religious songs), Ghazals (Urdu poems from the Muslim cultural area set to music), Indian folk and sophisticated songs from Indian films, which are extremely popular all over Asia. She holds a degree as a music teacher for Indian music. Anushka has given a number of concerts in India. In 2006 she went on tour with an Indian theater group to Germany.