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Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (261 of 290)
Location: Eurasia
Birthday: 25 Nov
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 98,327 - Total Helpful Votes: 261 of 290
India: A Sacred Geography by Diana L. Eck
India: A Sacred Geography by Diana L. Eck
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm interested in contemporary India rather than Indian religion or philosophy. But even for someone of a rationalistic bent, this is a valuable book. It explains what "India" means outside the strict geographical borders or political system, and what makes it tick; it interprets the Indian landscape; it offers an intelligent and deeply-informed discussion of a wealth of issues, from contemporary identity politics to environmentalism. To my mind this is one of the dozen or so books one must read to better understand India.
Songs of Kabir (New York Review Books Classics) by Kabir
Making centuries-old poetry written in a distantly related language seem relevant to contemporary English-speakers is a tough challenge indeed. Mehrotra has succeeded brilliantly.
The book itself is also well-designed.
From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the W&hellip by Pankaj Mishra
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful corrective, 25 Mar 2013
This is a book worth reading, if only because it allows us to see the history of imperialism as experienced by its victims.
Mishra is interested in analysing the intellectual response to Western dominance in the various forms it took from Japan to Egypt. In doing so he gives historical depth to modern day phenomena such as the Taliban, the Iranian revolution, Ataturk, the transformations of Chinese Communism etc. He sometimes understates the complexity of the situation inside the subjugated countries (e.g. I found him weak on the Ottoman Empire, which the Arabs did not see as an Islamic state but as alien rule, just as the people of the Balkans did.) Having reached a triumphalist… Read more