Multi-stories: Cross-cultural Encounters

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Routledge, Jun 2, 2010 - History - 224 pages

This unique work explores, through personal narratives, the overlapping and intermingling of cultures as well as the immense cultural diversity across the world. This exploration inevitably questions notions of higher or lower cultures, and civilized or uncivilized peoples. Indeed it questions the very concept of superiority amongst peoples. Apart from cross-cultural encounters, this work also discusses how various democratic and non-democratic governments and organizations have attempted to conceal cross-cultural influences by inventing superiority, purity, and authenticity of cultures and civilizations to the detriment of others. Yet cross-culture pollination, an ongoing process, always reveals itself through the ignored cracks of history. The book shows that India is no exception and has been and continues to be porous. The numerous examples of cross-pollination — with Algeria, Indonesia, Cambodia, to mention a few — force us to re-look cultural constructs and indeed the very meaning of culture.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Black Virgin
9
2 Travelling Buddha
12
3 Coffee
15
4 Cultural Baggage
18
5 Words Worth
21
6 Batata Aloo
24
7 Halo Halo
27
32 Teri Mary Maa
102
33 Size Matters
105
34 Georgia on My Mind
108
35 The Civil Servant
111
36 Devotion
114
37 Authentiques
117
38 To The Holy Pope
120
39 Linguistic Creativity
123

8 Tuneful Maladies
30
9 Candyd Talk
33
10 Tongue Untied
36
11 The Kashmiri Magician
39
12 Encounters
42
13 Head to Toe
45
14 Home and Away
48
15 Wear with All
51
16 I Am Bandit
54
17 Badghizi
57
18 Blackouts
60
19 Oh Bokhara
63
20 Fiddler on the Loose
66
21 The Game of the Name
69
22 The Tulips
72
23 Chewing Rice for Others
75
24 Repetersburg
78
25 Jokes Apart
81
26 Juvenile Delinquents
84
27 Earthquacks?
87
28 Crosswords
90
29 Food Traffic
93
30 Once Upon a Time
96
31 A Tribute
99
40 Paper Trails
126
41 Youre in Safe Hands
129
42 How to Steal a Billion
132
43 Bollywood
135
44 Emptiness
138
45 Two Sides of a Coin
141
46 Rosy Prospects
144
47 We Owe the Armenians
147
48 A Wondrous World Wide Web
150
49 Winter Sonata
153
50 Linguistricks
157
51 Maali Blues
161
52 Stutter Nonsense
165
53 This Order That Order
168
54 Telling Time
171
55 Red Roses in the Snow
174
56 Rung Interpretation
178
57 African Indians
181
58 From Havana to Kabul with Love
184
59 Phantom Foes
187
60 Wagah Woes
190
About the Author
193
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