Author: V S NaipaulVed Mehta/Eminent ContributorsTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): Pankaj MishraPublisher: Picador IndiaYear: 2012Language: EnglishPages: 335ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780330439527
After more than fifty years of modernization, India is far from being made over in the image of a western country . . . It often poses hard challenges. The reactions it evokes are complex, ranging from awe and wonder to repulsion and rejection.’India in Mind is a stunning collection of the diverse and vivid reactions that the subcontinent has evoked in the greatest writers of our time. Its twenty-five pieces range from fiction and non-fiction to poetry, ‘lighting up a thousand forgotten details’ about the last hundred and fifty years of a changing India. They reveal as much about the authors and their times as, with intuition and intelligence, about this cast country and its people.Edited and introduced by Pankaj Mishra, one of the finest writers today, India in Mind includes all-time favourites as well as lesser-known treasures. J.R. Ackerley attempting to learn Hindi; Allen Ginsberg immersing himself in Benares; V.S. Naipaul searching for the India of his imagination-this brilliant collection is for all those who find India endlessly fascinating, as well as for those who enjoy exquisite writing. All the contributors are individually introduced.
1. From Hindoo Holiday by J.R. Ackerley2. Notes Mailed at Nagercoil by Paul Bowles3. Shamdev: The wolf boy by Bruce Chatwin 4. From Dessert places by Robyn Davidson 5. From Abinger Harvest by E.M. Forster 6. From Indian Journals by Allen Ginsberg7. From childhood of the Magician by Hermann Hesse 8. From Abandon by Pico Iyer 9. Two more under the Indian sun by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala 10. From Kim by Rudyard Kipling 11. From Tristes Tropiques by Claude Levi-Strauss 12. From Anti Memories by Andre Malraux 13. From the snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen 14. From a writers Notebook by W. Somerset Maugham 15. From portrait of India by Ved Mehta 16. Mrs. Gupta never rang by Jan Morris 17. From an area of Darkness by V.S. Naipaul 18. Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell19. From the Scent of India by Pier Paolo Pasolini 20. From A tale of two gardens by Octavio Paz 21. From Blindfold games by Alan Ross 22. From the jewel in the crown by Paul Scott 23. From the great railway bazaar by Paul Theroux 24. From following the equator by Mark Twain 25. From creation by Gore Vidal