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Author Mishra, Pankaj.

Title Temptations of the West : how to be modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet and beyond / Pankaj Mishra.

Imprint New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 Granby, Main Library - Adult  954.05 MIS    Check Shelf
 Rocky Hill, Cora J. Belden Library - Adult Department  954.05 MISHRA    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  954.05 M68T    Check Shelf
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  954 M678T    Check Shelf
Edition 1st ed.
Description 323 pages ; 24 cm
Note Essays first appearing in slightly different forms in The New York Review of Books, Granta, The New York Times Magazine, and the Guardian Weekend Magazine.
Contents Benares : learning to read -- Allahabad : the Nehrus, the Gandhis, and democracy -- Ayodhya : the modernity of Hinduism -- Bollywood : India shining -- Kashmir : the cost of nationalism -- Pakistan : jihad globalized -- Afghanistan : communists, mullahs, and warlords -- Nepal : the "People's war" -- Tibet : a backward country.
Summary "In his fourth book, following the acclaimed An End to Suffering, Pankaj Mishra brings literary authority and political insight to bear on journeys that are at once epic and personal." "Traveling in the changing cultures of South Asia, Mishra sees the pressures - the temptations - of Western-style modernity and prosperity, and adroitly teases out the paradoxes of globalization. A visit to Allahabad, the birth-place of Jawaharlal Nehru, occasions a brief history of the tumultuous post-independence politics Nehru set in motion. In Kashmir, just after the brutal killing of thirty-five Sikhs, he sees Muslim guerrillas playing with Sikh village children while the media ponder a (largely irrelevant) visit by President Clinton. And in Tibet he exquisitely parses the situation whereby the Chinese government - officially atheist and strongly opposed to a free Tibet - has discovered that Tibetan Buddhism can be "packaged and sold to tourists.""--Jacket.
Subject South Asia -- Description and travel.
South Asia -- Civilization -- Western influences.
Mishra, Pankaj -- Travel -- South Asia.
Mishra, Pankaj. (OCoLC)fst01527582
Civilization -- Western influences. (OCoLC)fst01352414
Travel. (OCoLC)fst01155558
South Asia. (OCoLC)fst01244520
Kulturwandel. (DE-588)4033596-3
Modernität. (DE-588)4139842-7
Politik. (DE-588)4046514-7
Politischer Wandel. (DE-588)4175047-0
Rückständigkeit. (DE-588)4275511-6
India. (DE-588)4026722-2
Pakistan. (DE-588)4075812-6
Nepal. (DE-588)4041612-4
Tibet. (DE-588)4060036-1
ISBN 0374173214 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780374173210 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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