February 1972, Mayapur, West Bengal:
Bob Cohen, a young American Peace Corps worker living in India, decides to visit some of his countrymen—members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness—who are establishing an international spiritual community near the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
To his surprise, he is invited to meet the founder and spiritual leader of the Hare Krishna movement, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
For several days, in a small, brick and thatch hut near the banks of the holy Ganges, Bob asks Srila Prabhupada every question on spirituality he can think of. A tape recorder is running the whole time, and later their conversation is transcribed.
Once suggested to be entitled, “A Funny Thing Happened To Me On The Way To The Ganges,” Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers has been reproduced in forty languages and remains one of the most popular introductions to Krishna consciousness across many languages and cultures.
The FAR EAST • MIDDLE EAST division of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust publishes Srila Prabhupada’s books and other BBT titles in fourteen languages of the Pacific Rim and Middle East for distribution in those regions of the world.
As a new Western preaching initiative, BBT FEME is also developing titles specifically for distribution in the Western world to foreign language speakers living within large ethnic communities, as well as to the many foreign students studying in Western colleges and universities.