Impressing the Whites: The New International Slavery
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The book discusses in frank and blunt terms, the dilution and filtering of real voices from influential figures from developing countries, in particular Indian authors, who potentially have the power to change the way people view their country. The fervent belief of Indian authors, and more generally, many who come from developing nations and who want to succeed, that they must court the Western establishment in order to get anywhere, and the willingness of some Indian authors to offer not the truth, but a diluted truth suitable to Western publishers, is criticized hilariously through a lens of bitterness and wit.
Western establishments, particularly Literary ones, are criticized for quashing real voices from authors hailing from developing countries, and for offering Western readers not a real glimpse into another culture, but filtered, generic novels that play it safe.
It is call for everyone to be honest about telling their own version of the truth.
Those who believe we live in a (largely) censor-free world with unlimited right to freedom of expression are in for a rude shock. This revolutionary book not just tears apart the glamorous veneer of the global publishing industry, but makes some deeply disturbing revelations about the current state of affairs.
The author speaks for browns / Indians / non-Whites and endeavors to be the voice of the voiceless. In that, he may or may not have fully succeeded (individual mileage differs), but his inadequacies, if any, certainly don't arise from compromising or sugar-coating his independent standpoint. Here's an intrepid writer raising his voice against the establishment and making fine observations with surgical insight (and at great professional risks).
Surprisingly this book's ideas are articulated with such a zany sense of humor - you feel both disturbed (content) and delighted (style) at the same time. Listen to the voice of a bold writer, you may as well discover yours!