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Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in small town India Paperback – 19 Jan 2007
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
I do recommend this book, fascinating!!
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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!!
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!
But towards the end of the book his description of Bihar and Banares were very deep, well written and thought provoking.