Butter Chicken in Ludhiana

Travels in small town India

Pankaj Mishra

A little over a decade ago, Pankaj Mishra travelled through the small towns of India and found they had shed their sleepy, half-apologetic air; brash and ostentatious, kitschy and clamorous, here was an India in transition. A convent-educated young woman from Jhansi aspiring to be a beauty queen; a rich young man in Gujarat speaking casually of murdering Muslims; Naxalites in Bihar trying to foment revolution; small shopkeepers planning a vacation in London - Mishra captured, with irony and humour, a people rushing headlong to their tryst with modernity.

'Butter Chicken in Ludhiana is a marvellous travel book about small-town India, where the village and the city, the folk and the kitsch, and the comic and the violent threaten to converge' Ashis Nandy

‘A love-letter to the real republic. No other book defines as clearly, and with such troubled irony, our last decade of change’ Amitava Kumar

Genre: Non-Fiction
ISBN: 978033044412501
Published: 19/01/2007

Pankaj Mishra

Pankaj Mishra

Pankaj Mishra was born in North India, in 1969. He writes for the New York Review of Books, New Statesman, Granta, Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian.

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