Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India

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Picador, 2006 - Cities and towns - 273 pages
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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

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Review: Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India

User Review  - Vishal Phonsa - Goodreads

A great first hand experience of travels in India, detailed encounters of the day today life in small towns. One can easily feel experiencing the encounters which the writer has tried to pen. English ... Read full review

Review: Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India

User Review  - Dayanand Prabhu - Goodreads

This is not a travel book, This is a book where Mishraji goes to various places and expresses disgust at the local people and passes condescending judgment. In the entire book never even for once has ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

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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