Author: Bruce BennettSusan Cowan/Santosh K. SareenTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): Asha kanwar/ Bruce Bennett/ Susan Cowan et allPublisher: HarperCollinsYear: 2009Language: EnglishPages: 202ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788172238483
Despite a shared history of British imperialism, and commonalities like the English language, a democratic polity and a craze for cricket, Australians and Indians know very little about each other. Of Sadhus and Spinners attempts to correct this with a range of stories that trace the chequered history of interactions between the two nations. From John Lang's 'The Mohammedan Mother' (1859) to Yasmine Gooneratne's 'Masterpiece' (2002), the stories in this anthology foreground a varity of literary responses to Indo-Australian encounters. There are stories here of Australian visitors to India who face not only physical hardships but also challenges to their image of themselves as democratic and egalitarian, and tales that indicate the Australian’s fascination with the figure of the guru.Also included are stories about and by Indians-immigrants to temporary visitors-in Asutralia. While ‘Kumari’, by pioneering writers Mena Abdullah, reveals racial prejudice in rural Australia, Manik Datar’s ‘My Sister’s Mother’ brings the comedy of cultural difference into play in the setting of a suburban kitchen. Thoughtful, exploratory and often just wide-eyed in its observation of strange new worlds, the anthology provides insights into an array of fascinating cross-cultural encounters-emotional, physical and spiritual-between Australia and India over the past century and a half.
Introduction1. The Mohammedan MotherJOHN LANG2. Our Nearest Great CountryALFRED DEAKIN3. The Soul of the Melon ManMARY C.ELKINGTON4. My Friend, the MaharajahLOUIS ESSON5. Black and WhiteR. FRANCIS STRANGMAN 6. The Khyber Pass and a Kidnapping MOLLIE SKINNER7. A Democrat on the GangesMANNING CLARK8. Mrs James GreeneETHEL ANDERSON9. KumariMENA ABDULLAH AND RAY MATHEW10. Sadhus and SahibsCHRISTOPHER KOCH11. The Clothesline in the HimalayasVICKI VIIDIKAS12. Meeting Mister GhoshHAYDN M. Williams13. The Elephant StopG.S. SHARAT CHANDRA 14. The Strange Business at Bombay and Madras DAL STIVENS15. Passage from IndiaGEOFFREY BEWLEY16. A Foot in the StreamDAVID MALOUF17. The GuruSATENDRA NANDAN18. MonsoonINEZ BARANAY19. Maisie Goes to IndiaJOAN LONDON20. My Sister’s MotherMANIK DATAR21. A Pocket Full of StoriesSUJATHA FERNANDES22. MasterpieceYasmine GooneratneNotes on ContributorsNotes on EditorsCopyright Acknowledgments