Monsoon Postcards: Indian Ocean Journeys

Monsoon Postcards: Indian Ocean Journeys

by David H. Mould


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In Monsoon Postcards, journalist David H. Mould, notebook in hand, traverses the Indian Ocean—from Madagascar through India and Bangladesh to Indonesia. It’s an unpredictable journey on battered buses, bush taxis, auto-rickshaws, and crowded ferries. Mould travels from the traffic snarls of Delhi, Dhaka, and Jakarta to the rice paddies and ancestral tombs of Madagascar’s Central Highlands; from the ancient kingdom of Hyderabad to India’s so-called chicken neck—the ethnically diverse and underdeveloped northeast; and from the textile factories and rivers of Bangladesh to the beaches of Bali and the province of Aceh—ground zero for the 2004 tsunami.

Along the way, in markets, shops, roadside cafes, and classrooms, he meets journalists, professors, students, aid workers, cab drivers, and other everyday residents to learn how they view their past and future. Much like its predecessor, Mould’s Postcards from Stanland,Monsoon Postcards offers witty and insightful glimpses into countries linked by history, trade, migration, religion, and a colonial legacy. It explores how they confront the challenges of climate change, urban growth, economic development, land, water and natural resources, and national and ethnic identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821423714
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 06/14/2019
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David H. Mould, professor emeritus of media arts and studies at Ohio University, has traveled widely in Asia and southern Africa as a trainer, consultant, and researcher. He has written articles and essays for many print and online publications. Born in the United Kingdom, he worked as a newspaper and TV journalist before moving to the United States in 1978.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

1 Traveling with a Purpose 1

2 Indian Ocean World 10

3 Land of the Merina 15

4 On and Off the Road in Madagascar 52

5 Inexplicable India 76

6 A Tale of Three Cities 110

7 The Seven Sisters 141

7 Joy Bangla (Victory to Bengal) 172

9 Swimming to Bangladesh 192

10 On the Road and on the Water 213

11 Improbable Indonesia 244

12 East of Boston 274

Acknowledgments 287

Notes 289

Index 295

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