Growing up Untouchable in India: A Dalit Autobiography [NOOK Book]

Overview

'In this English translation, Moon's story is usefully framed by apparatus necessary to bring its message to even those taking their first look at South Asian culture...The result is an easy to digest short-course on what it means to be a Dalit, in the words of one notable Dalit.'-Journal of Asian Studies
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Growing up Untouchable in India: A Dalit Autobiography

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$16.99
BN.com price
(Save 43%)$29.99 List Price

Overview

'In this English translation, Moon's story is usefully framed by apparatus necessary to bring its message to even those taking their first look at South Asian culture...The result is an easy to digest short-course on what it means to be a Dalit, in the words of one notable Dalit.'-Journal of Asian Studies
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Queen
This book puts living flesh on the bones of recent Indian social historiography.
Harvard University
Library Journal
Moon is a Dalit (formerly known as untouchable) activist and editor of the speeches and writings of the late Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, a Dalit and the architect of the Indian constitution. The emergence of Dalit literature is an important development in the Indian literary scene, and Omvedt's translation of Moon's autobiography makes this work accessible to the Western reader. Despite poverty and hunger, Moon's account of his boyhood in the Mahar "Vasti," or neighborhood, of Nagpur is idyllic. Moon portrays the solidarity among the Ambedkar loyalists of this urban slum as well as a vast array of characters who are athletic, feisty, and resourceful activists. Omvedt's translation is true to the original Marathi, but the use of a very limited English vocabulary makes her writing a stylistic curiosity. This reservation aside, the book is recommended for comparative literature and Indian collections in academic and large public libraries.--Ravi Shenoy, Naperville P.L., IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Times Literary Supplement (UK)
This book is a welcome first step towards increasing our understanding of a much-neglected aspect of Indian life.
Los Angeles Times
There are few such autobiographies, especially in English, which makes Moon's memories of sleeping on village roads side by side with neighbors, of his mother waking at 4:30 a.m. to work in the mill and of the kindness of certain teachers particularly valuable.
Times Literary Supplement
This book is a welcome first step towards increasing our understanding of a much-neglected aspect of Indian life.
Journal of Asian Studies
Offer(s) an accessible glimpse of the life and times of one Dalit and the people he grew up with.
Pacific Reader
His [Moon's] autobiography, written in his native Marathi and translated into English, vividly describes life in an urban Indian slum and gives a glimpse of the internal politics that accompanied the independence movement.
Race and Class
A powerful personal and collective memory of caste oppression and struggle in India from the 1930s to the 1950s. . . . Both as a historical and as a literary document, there is much to consider in this thought provoking and intensely moving memoir.
— Shalini Ramachandran
Journal Of Asian Studies
Offer(s) an accessible glimpse of the life and times of one Dalit and the people he grew up with.
Christopher Queen
Vasant Moon's powerful memoir of youth in the slums of central India is by turns disturbing, entertaining, engrossing, and deeply inspiring. Moving beneath Moon's sharply etched tale of material deprivation, caste conflict, and neighborhood politics is the inexorable rise of Dalit (Untouchable) militancy and spirituality—illuminated by the towering figure of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, champion of the poor and leader of the Buddhist revival in India. This book puts living flesh on the bones of recent Indian social historiography.
Race & Class - Shalini Ramachandran
A powerful personal and collective memory of caste oppression and struggle in India from the 1930s to the 1950s. . . . Both as a historical and as a literary document, there is much to consider in this thought provoking and intensely moving memoir.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780585394060
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/15/2002
  • Series: Asian Voices
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Vasant Moon is a retired civil servant and Dalit activist. He is the editor of 17 volumes of Dr. AmbedkarOs writings and speeches in English. Gail Omvedt is a freelance writer and frequent visiting professor of sociology. Eleanor Zelliot is Laird Bell Professor of History emerita at Carleton College.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Neighborhood
Chapter 2 Fearless
Chapter 3 Callousness and Clouds
Chapter 4 The Heat and Rain of Childhood
Chapter 5 Dev Master's Curse Falls
Chapter 6 Religious Hymns
Chapter 7 Shooting Star
Chapter 8 Chickpeas and Parched Rice
Chapter 9 The Unconquered
Chapter 10 Parade of Lions and Tigers
Chapter 11 Foreshadowing
Chapter 12 Holy Victory
Chapter 13 Robust and Rollicking
Chapter 14 Sports and Study
Chapter 15 Pigeons and Politics
Chapter 16 Climax
Chapter 17 Wrath
Chapter 18 Cultural Transformation
Chapter 19 An Unspoiled Picture
Chapter 20 The Welfare of the World
Chapter 21 For What? For Books!
Chapter 22 I Begin to Write
Chapter 23 The End of Umar Khayam
Chapter 24 Rising Moon
Chapter 25 The Vows of Religion
Chapter 26 Falling Star
Chapter 27 Tying the Knot
Chapter 28 The Spinning Top
Chapter 29 Summing Up
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)