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An eclectic collection of various authors and their writings, some fictional and others inspired from their daily intersection with India. Its a great kaleidoscope of the Indian sub-continent from high-rises of Mumbai to hunting for roots of mujahideen in erstwhile NWFP, the appalling practice of Bengali widows turning away from non-vegetarian food, sad plights of internalising corruption in Bihar and even a letter from Nirad C. Chaudhuri on his 100th birthday!Well worth spending a delightful ev...
Blood - Urvashi Butalia (1997): India & Pak, a family torn by the Partition; very moving.My Father's Raj - Mark Tully (1997); on the English psyche w.r.t. India over the past century in the family of the writer, also interesting. Erotic Politicians and Mullahs - Hanif Kureishi (1985): Very full of content, not simply-enough-for-me written, will need to re-read, possibly multiple times. All about Pak, and Pakistanis in England, and England, and England-Pakistan. Does help fill in a bit my huge qu...
Would have liked to see more perspectives rather than the usual suspects + a few white people.
A good collection giving some insight into modern India and some of the factors that contributed to its various identities. Some pieces are very cynical, some lyrical; a few are both. Others -- the ones I generally preferred -- are plainer in their presentation of the facts (e.g. 'Mumbai', 'Pariah'). Dalrymple remains the authoritative British observer of India but Ian Jack and Granta have done a decent job here.
fascintating the way Jack focuses on the ascendant role of US culture and the diminishing role of British in India through his choices and intro. Also interesting is his conception of "India" as the whole subcontinent. This is a gem of an anthology.
An interesting collection of articles ,chapters from books on life in the indian subcontinent. Was an engrossing read.
Enjoyed reading this. Stand out for me were: White Lies, Unsteady People , What Bengali Widows Cannot Eat and Little Durga.
Indian writers are just amazing! My favorite is the first story written by Urvashi Butalia, Blood. Beautifully written, profound and strong.