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The latest book in the acclaimed series of literary travel guides brings together a delightful sampling of short fiction from one of the world’s most diverse, multicultural, and storied civilizations. India: A Traveler’s Literary Companion features 14 short stories from some of India’s best writers, collectively offering an insightful portrait of the beauty and complexity of Indian landscape, culture, and society. Travel to the Taj Mahal with Kunal Basu, as the humble accountant of his story becomes, in another ...
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Overview


The latest book in the acclaimed series of literary travel guides brings together a delightful sampling of short fiction from one of the world’s most diverse, multicultural, and storied civilizations. India: A Traveler’s Literary Companion features 14 short stories from some of India’s best writers, collectively offering an insightful portrait of the beauty and complexity of Indian landscape, culture, and society. Travel to the Taj Mahal with Kunal Basu, as the humble accountant of his story becomes, in another incarnation, the architect of one of the world’s most resplendent monuments. Let Vikram Chandra leads readers by the hand into the ghettos of Mumbai (Bombay), where a small-time thug fences some gold bars he has stolen and then decides to find out what pleasures his money can buy. Journey with Bibhutibhushan Bandhopadhyay’s silver-tongued salesman of medicated oil as he travels the trains around Calcutta, the city he loves more than anything else. And Nazir Mansuri’s Melvillian “The Whale” transports readers to a small fishing village on the west coast of India, where an embittered sailor makes every whale he sees the object of his fury. Stories from nine languages and more than a dozen distinct cultures and regions — from north, south, east, west, and even from India’s remote northeast — are brought together in this vibrant collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883513245
  • Publisher: Whereabouts Press
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Series: Traveler's Literary Companions Series , #20
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,384,051
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 5.16 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Map vii

Foreword Anita Desai ix

Preface xii

North

Kashmir: The Prophet's Hair Salman Rushdie 1

Delhi: The Sound of Falling Leaves Qurratulain Hyder 21

Agra: The Accountant Kunal Basu 40

Northeast

Arunachal Pradesh: The Scent of Orange Blossom Mamang Dai 66

East

Bihar: Panchlight Phanishwarnath Renu 78

Kolkata: Canvasser Krishnanlal Bibhutibhushan Bandhopadhyay 85

Orissa: Asura Pond Fakir Mohan Senapati 105

West

Gujarat: The Whale Nazir Mansuri 115

Mumbai: Ganesh Gaitonde Sells His Gold Vikram Chandra 141

Goa: Eye In The Sky Anjum Hasan 168

South

Karnataka: Dots and Lines Jayant Kaikini 188

Kerala: In the Moonlight Lalithambika Antherjanam 211

Tamil Nadu: Halfway Animals Githa Hariharan 218

Glossary 227

Permissions 233

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