Arthur Geddes (1895–1968) lived in India from 1921 to 1924, assisting the rural reconstruction projects of Rabindranath Tagore at Sriniketan in West Bengal and the town-planning work of his father Patrick Geddes in other parts of India. The geography of Bengal was the subject of his doctoral thesis ‘Au Pays de Tagore’ (‘In the Land of Tagore’) submitted at the University of Montpellier, France. In 1927 he returned to Scotland and worked in the Department of Geography at Edinburgh University until 1965. He died before completing this book. It has now been edited by two of his daughters, Marion and Claire Geddes.