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Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in small town India Paperback – 19 Jan 2007

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New Ed edition (19 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330444123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330444125
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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From the Back Cover

A little over a decade ago, Pankaj Mishra travelled through the small towns of India and found they had shed their sleepy, half-apologetic air; brash and ostentatious, kitschy and clamorous, here was an India in transition. A convent-educated young woman from Jhansi aspiring to be a beauty queen; a rich young man in Gujarat speaking casually of murdering Muslims; Naxalites in Bihar trying to foment revolution; small shopkeepers planning a vacation in London --- Mishra captured, with irony and humour, a people rushing headlong to their tryst with modernity.

Acutely observed and rendered with insight and biting wit, Butter Chicken in Ludhiana is a contemporary classic, now revised and featuring a new introduction by the author.

'Butter Chicken in Ludhiana is a marvellous travel book about small-town India, where the village and the city, the folk and the kitsch, and the comic and the violent threaten to converge' Ashis Nandy

‘A love-letter to the real republic. No other book defines as clearly, and with such troubled irony, our last decade of change’ Amitava Kumar

About the Author

Pankaj Mishra was born in North India, in 1969. He is the author of a novel, The Romantics, which won the LA Times Art Seidenbaum award for first fiction; and a highly acclaimed book about the Buddha, An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World. Mishra writes for several publications, including the New York Review of Books, the New Statesman, Granta, the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian.

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i wanted to read the experiences of a man travelling in India as I am going there in a couple of months. It is very entertaining, quite funny at times and I would like to read more about this author.
I do recommend this book, fascinating!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars well!! this is my point of view!! 5 Mar. 2015
By sudhir khandelwal - Published on
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The book is a big bore! And tiring, and without a plot-or with too simplistic a plot of being a travelogue without a purpose! And that too from a writer I had great expectations from after having read his remaking of Asia !! It's like following him on his idiosyncratic travel, making sense of what little he fancies and chooses to tell, and all along having to use ones own knowledge of the Indian small towns to make sense of the description!!
However, the writing is of calibre and views on the contexts, little that they appear, strong!! - on Indian urbanism especially!
The forgiving note is the afterword by the author, which also sounds like an apology by him- of taking a late cognizance of the dreariness of the writing!! That it was on a budget, in a time of his unprepared youth, of his not having a purpose, not having a genre etc etc. The apology is well taken!!
3.0 out of 5 stars A passable Read 7 Feb. 2015
By Kimaya Mathew - Published on
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i finished reading "Butter chicken in Lludhiana" today, not just because I was recommended by my lecturer but also because the premises sounded pretty interesting to me. The book is about the early Indian voyage of the author where he is roaming the small towns of the country and observing the life and routine of the common masses, who are often neglected by the high writers in order to make better stories.
Somehow, though, i feel as if, in some pages, author lost focus of what he wants to write and merely slapped the words in absence of so-called vocabulary. Somewhere, the book gave me the feeling of some bollywood movie with art actors in it but with loose script on many other places. My first read in the genre of travel writing, "Butter chicken...," is a passable read but it did not influence me much, in going for a second go!
5.0 out of 5 stars condescensions and appreciation are almost eerily perfect. As someone hailing from a small town in ... 4 Jan. 2015
By Maalika Manoharan - Published on
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This is a book I keep going back to when I am in a contemplative mood. It is very deep (surprising that the author was merely in his twenties when he wrote it!) and rings true. His observations, condescensions and appreciation are almost eerily perfect. As someone hailing from a small town in India and having travelled pretty extensively through the southern half of it, I truly loved this book. I could have written a better one if I wanted to. The only improvement could have been in the language which is sometimes very wordy and not easy to read. But otherwise I would say this is a must read for anyone interested in traveling to India or who wants to appreciate an educated Indian's perspective of his country.
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a good read 3 Jan. 2015
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Initially I thought the author was very condescending in his attitude and wasn't enjoying his take on India's poverty. In my opinion, anyone of us could be in their shoes and are prevented from that life by the luck of where we are born.
But towards the end of the book his description of Bihar and Banares were very deep, well written and thought provoking.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's an insightful book but also comes across as as ... 15 Jun. 2015
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It's an insightful book but also comes across as as self-loathing documentary on everything that is wrong with small town India.
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