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

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User Review  - Anirudh - Goodreads

I first came across Pankaj Mishra in the form of a long, steady rant against Swami Vivekananda. At the time, before the sudden, highly-visible rise of saffron development, my sentiments lay strongly ... 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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