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  - Anik Bose - Goodreads

A very good ethnography research. At times the book invokes the right share of emotions and paints a live picture through the words. A book enjoyable if you are not looking for typical masala story and if you can appreciate the writing style and the effort. Read full review

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

User Review  - Ananta Pathak - Goodreads

though I read the book in 2015 , well after 20 years it was published , it did resonate to the India we live in. the situation has changed over the years , but I still the writer did gaze into the small town India in a delightful way. but I expected a little deeper level of engagement . 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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