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Author: Eminent Contributors
Editor(s): Dom Moraes
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0141007648
Beginning with a brilliantly insightful introduction by Dom Moraes, this anthology provides an absorbing, lively and always interesting portrait of life in contemporary India and brings together travel pieces by some of the best contemporary writers in the English language.
A country of the size of a continent, home to a sixth of humanity. An ancient civilization that is also a modern democratic republic only half a century old. A nation that is several countries in one. As in ages past, India continues to fascinate travelers who are, in the words of Dom Moraes, the editor of this anthology, 'startled, annoyed, and attracted by its colossal, inexplicable diversities'. More has been written about it than any other Asian country.
This collection brings together travel pieces by some of the best contemporary writers in the English language. Travel writers - Indian and foreign, as well as compulsive wanderers without a home - engage with the comforts and the chaos, the convictions and the contradictions of modern, independent India. R K Narayan does a leisurely tour of Karnataka, taking the 'emerald route' up and down the Ghats; V S Naipaul rages through hot, crowded and apathetic New Delhi; and Vikram Seth flies back, after months of hitch-hiking in strange lands, to familiars, respite and Delhi customs. Ruskin Bond explores the laid-back Agra of the 1960s in the shadow of the unchanging Taj; and midnight's child Salman Rushdie returns to the land of his birth to try and answer a riddle: Does India exist?
At the Kumbh Mela, the world's biggest religious festival, Mark Tully meets a 300-year-old Sadhu. In the forests of the Western Chats, Abraham Verghese hopes to run into the brigand Veerappan. Jan Morris rides the toy train to ' the most celebrated of Indian hill stations' that is 'all smallness'. And Bruce Chatwin hits the road with the entourage of the post-Emergency, out-of-power Indira Gandhi to see 'Madame in action'.
Also in these pages are Paul Theroux, Khushwant Singh, William Dalrymple, Andrew Harvey, Amit Chaudhuri, Allen Ginsberg, Joe Roberts and P Sainath, among others, taking us to places as familiar or remote as Jaipur, Ladakh, Behmai and the Cut-off Area.
The Penguin Book of Indian Journey is not exactly a collection of essays on trips to places familiar and unknown. It is so much more, that it would be a crime to describe its contents as travel pieces, It examines the petty and the large-hearted, the honest and the hypocritical, the smug, the defeated and the insecure, In the final analysis, Indian Journeys is like a parcel gift-wrapped in multiple layers, each one presenting the reader with a wonderful surprise that raises his expectations of the next.
A treat, With more than 35 pieces, the book gives a wide-angle view of contemporary India.
An exhilarating account of India, complete in its mosaic of contending architecture, climate, people, politics, emotions, ambitions and shibboleths.
India sets the literary imagination on fire. The brilliant and absorbing pieces in this collection are moulded in the heart of that dazzling flame, An essential read for all wanderers and intrepid travellers.
Memorable pieces dominate: Jan Morris's exuberant essay on Darjeeling, Bruce Chatwin's ironic take on Mrs Gandhi, and Sarayu Ahuja's delightful portrait of a Madras Mami, You can scarcely wait till the bookshop opens so you can read the rest of their books.
The Penguin Book of Indian Journeys, consists of thought-provoking and fascinating accounts about this land, written by those who have been able to bypass exotica and describe what India feels like, day by day, this is a book that definitely does make the must read list.
DOMMORAES was born in Bombay in 1938. At nineteen he published his first book of poems, A beginning, which won the Hawthornden Prize. He second book of verse, Poems became the Autumn Choice of the Poetry Book Society.
Apart from these, he has published eight other collections of poems, and twenty three prose books, including a biography, Mrs. Gandhi, and the memoirs Never At Home, Gone Away and My Son's Father.
As a correspondent, Dom Moraes have covered wars in Algeria, Israel and Vietnam. In 1971 he became editor of The Asia Magazine, and in 1976 he joined the UN. He returned to India in 1979 and has lived here since.
Hill Station: Darjeeling, 1970: JAN MORRIS
Romances: V S NAIPAUL
The Delhi Mail From Jaipur: PAUL THEROUX
Footloose In Agra: RUSKIN BOND
On the Road With Mrs. G. : BRUCE CHATWIN
Leh: ANDREW HARVEY
The Riddle Of Midnight: India, August 1987: SALMAN RUSHDIE
Death Lives In Varanasi: JERRY PINTO
The Elephants Are Coming: ANITA NAIR
The Forest: DO MORAES
Kumbh Mela: MARK TULLY
Encounters in South India: JOE ROBERTS
The Emerald Route: R K NARAYAN
In The Midst Of Life: CHARLIE PYE-SMITH
Amritsar: City Of Nectar And Gold: STEPHEN ALTER
The Bandit King And The Movie Star: ABRAHAM VERHESE
Memories of Bihar: VIJAY NAMBISAN
Gwalior Today: DAWOOD ALI MCCALUM
Burning Ghats: ALLEN GINSBERG
Reports From Orissa: P SAINATH
The Promised Land: BILL AITKEN
Nainital: NAMITA GOKHALE
Mela Madness: MARK SHAND
Along The Narmada: ROYINA GREWAL
The Land Of Seven Hundred Hills: M J AKBAR
Gods And God: ANEES JUNG
The Koyal And The Guava: SARAYU AHUJA
Ayodhya: JONAH BLANK
Kutch Touch: SEEME QAQSIM
Refugees: JAMES CAMERON
Phoolan Devi, Queen Of Dacoits: KHUSHWANT SINGH
Kathmandu; Delhi: VIKRAM SETH
Small Orange Flags: AMIT CHAUDHRY
The City of Widows: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE
Cherra: ALEXANDER FRATER