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Balti Britain: A Provocative Journey Through Asian Britain by [Sardar, Ziauddin]
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'A comprehensive and startling exploration into how Britain and India have shaped each other's fates'
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'An ambitious and provocative book that deserves to be read as the first draft of the history of Asians in Britain today' -- Observer

'It is impossible, reading through the observations and recollections that comprise this history, not to feel affection for the author' -- Literary Review

'Sardar's engrossing, provocative book takes him and his readers on a journey - sometimes personal, always political -- Metro

'Told with passion, warmth and humanity. This is an erudite and entertaining book' -- The Times

For anyone on the outside of this history, Sardar's book is a welcome guide.
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'Told with passion, warmth and humanity. This is an erudite and entertaining book'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 645 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1862079315
  • Publisher: Granta Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (22 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZMLED4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,522 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Prof Sardar gives an excellent portrayal of life in Britain through the eyes of a British Asian. His personal experiences are often very moving. I had no idea of the complexities of the various groupings within Islam and learned a great deal. His progressive vision of Islam is one that can be embraced by those who share a similar view within their own faith (Christian in my case). Thank you for this book.
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If you want the 'gift to gie us, to see ourselves as others see us' here the gift comes through the eyes and voice of a man born in Pakistan who grew up in London. He is a journalist who travels in England and Scotland recounting the experiences and diversity of South Asians in Britain. He is outspoken on the history of colonial India and how Indian immigration and influences are no new thing. He is good on the diversity of South Asian immigrant communities, especially the diversity of Muslims. This diverse Islam is in his view essentially benign. I think he is too kind when he says many (Muslim) puritans divide the world into the abode of Islam and the abode of infidels. Is that not Islamic orthodoxy? He is a strong advocate of multiculturalism and gives a very good chapter advocating a kind of multiculturalism which is not wholly relativistic, one which I could never envisage in a Muslim dominated society.
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I bought Balti Britain for research into a newspaper piece I'm writing. It is poorly written, which surprises me, as Granta is very selective and normally publishes immaculate stuff. I'm surprised they didn't demand more of the writer. He inserts memoir sections into the book and they're lively and interesting. Then he descends into dullness. The paperback inserts the word "provocative" into the title, which is always a bad sign, but I can see why they did it. It's not a book, more a series of worthy magazine pieces (I suppose, to be fair, that this is Granta's strength.)
The book is basically a series of interviews with male Britons, usually elderly, of South Asian background. No women. Sardar comments on South Asian women briefly near the end of the book, I suspect at the insistence of an editor. He says such women have little to complain of.
Maybe they don't. It would have helped to hear them say this. I swear, if you went by Balti Britain's version, there are no South Asian women in Britain at all. Sardar isn't interested. This reader is.
The section on Balti restaurants is fascinating, though, and gives great insight into what makes them great. But it's not the fascinating comprehensive book it pretends to be.
It's boring. Granta let me down.
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