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2.0 out of 5 stars A self pity prone, Naipaul clone, 15 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond (Paperback)
Mishra writes almost as well as Naipaul- but Naipaul's art is like that of the Master Sushi chef who slices off the poison sac of the fugu fish- thus being almost as good as Naipaul but not quite means your product still is vomit worthy. However, Mishra has successfully differentiated his product from the Nobel laureate by being anti BJP ( a good thing) and coming out strongly against Indian bungling in Kashmir. There is some good journalism here-well, maybe not, if you actually start fact checking- but Mishra's self pity is no substitute for empathy- his repeated claims to understand all manners of marginalised losers because he himself comes from such an uncultured and parochial background soon start to ring hollow- unless, perhaps, you're White in which case Mishra is definitely your man.
My own feeling is that Mishra should repackage himself as a burqa clad transvestite with recovered memories of childhood incest within the overall context of Patriarchy and Neo-Colonialism. I look forward to his empathic reaction to Abu Ghraib prisoners whose experiences, he may tell us, parallel his own at his College hostel- except for the forced sodomy which, of course, would remind him of journeys on the Northern Line, of the London Underground, during rush hour.
Still, Mishra has talent. If only he could break away from his self-pity, like get a sense of humour already, I'm sure he could write marginally better crap.
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Initial post: 16 Sep 2010 12:32:19 BDT
Ton says:
Ouch. A proper slap from the windwheel's far-reaching flails...

Posted on 15 Aug 2012 15:12:45 BDT
M L Anderson says:
I would advise this reader to enrol in a 101 course in Composition. Or to re-enrol if they have already taken one.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2012 17:54:59 BDT
windwheel says:
Why would anyone want your advise on anything at all? You are a ridiculous little man.
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