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Travelling In, Travelling Out - A Book of Unexpected Journeys

by Namita Gokhale

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9789350298237 - Year: 2014 - Pages: 260



Namita Gokhale
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Author: Namita Gokhale
Ashok Ferrey/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Namita Gokhale
Publisher: Harper Collins
Year: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 260
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789350298237


We travel all the time, from place to place, thought to thought. There are yet other journeys that we would like to make but are unable to, journeys that exist powerfully in the mind, day after day, month after month, for years. Until Jehangir Bejan Tata died in San Francisco in November 2013, he had been making one such journey for the last sixty-odd years. In that journey, he was back in Shanghai, admiring the clean art deco lines of a home he left in 1952 but which had never gone out of his mind.

Bir Bahadur Singh, haunted by a similar longing, who left his village in Pakistan during Partition in traumatic circumstances, could actually make the journey back, ?fty—four years later, to pick up the connections from that long past time. In that wrenching journey, he met his old friend who now lived in his childhood home and exchanged banter with him and with many other lost acquaintances. For those few hours Bir Bahadur was there, the past had come alive.

In Travelling In, Travelling Out: A Book of Unexpected journeys eminent writer Namita Gokhale puts together an eclectic collection of twenty-?ve stories that take the reader on a journey that is surprising, moving and, sometimes, mischievous.

From Advaita Kala’s piece on her reaction to an intrusive security pat-down to communing with ghosts in lndia’s most haunted fort in a piece by Ipsita Roy Chakraverti, from an account of unusual encounters in Maoist territory by Rahul Pandita to the long journey ?nding an identity as an immigrant in Amsterdam in a superb piece by Ali Sethi, there is a wide range of experiences to choose from in this selection. With contributors like MJ. Akbar, Bulbul Sharma, Dayanita Singh, Mishi Saran, Urvashi Butalia, Marie Brenner and others among the guides, the reader can expect an unusual journey, one without the fear, moreover, of getting lost.



Introduction: Orientations by Namita Gokhale

1. The idea of travel: from place to place and thought to thought by Devdutt Pattanaik
2. The Maharajah of Patragarh by Ashok Ferrey
3. A retreat to holy India by Marie Brenner
4. In search of lost time by Mayank Austen Soofi
5. Travelling to the hills in search of myself by Bulbul Sharma
6. Village on treasure hill by HM the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, Kingdom of Bhutan
7. Bhangarh: of darkness and light by Ipsita Roy Chakraveri
8. The land of seven hundred hills by M.J. Akbar
9. Hello, bastar by Rahul Pandita
10. A house for MR TATA: an old Shanghai tale by Mishi Saran
11. Through the lens darkly by Dayanita Singh
12. Lost without a trace by Aveek Sen
13. Fear of flying by Advaita Kala
14. The foreigner’s situation by Ali Sethi
15. F for dharavi by Jerry Pinto
16. Moving to Bombay by Aakar Patel
17. Beauty in India: racial, Reasoned or random by Aman Nath
18. Trailing the tongue by Wendell Rodricks
19. Gond art: of mysteries and market forces by Nisha Susan
20. Tirupati: the god for a modern age by Kota Neelima
21. A Muslim Goddess: Sunderbans, West Bengal by Saba Naqvi
22. The persistence of memory by Urvashi Butalia
23. ‘The door to his hospice was never closed’ by Navtej Sarna
24. Maps for all times by Manosi Lahiri
25. Armchair travels by Namita Gokhale

Notes on Contributors
Copyright Acknowledgements

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