Donkin first joined Baba in India in 1939 as a young doctor from England and remained with Him for 30 years, until his death in 1969. He was the author of The Wayfarers, the remarkable account of Baba's work with the Masts in India.
In the book's epilogue, Meherwan Jessawala writes: “Donkin's Diaries give us an inkling of how Beloved Baba was working behind the scenes in the conduct of the war, often giving hints in advance of events that would occur. The work He was doing with the masts in seclusion at that time was reflected in world events, and it was a time of great upheaval. Europe and the Far East were engulfed in a terrible conflict that resulted in dreadful carnage: millions perished.”
Donkin's accounts of the war years with Baba are generously interspersed with more than 100 photographs and endnotes, which give further insight into this period.