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The author of the book: Shashi Tharoor
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 29.54 MB
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Edition: Viking Penguin
Date of issue: 2007
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Last year, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy) and Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie). Although these are technically fictional works, there are always so many historical events and elements intertwined in the pages of Indian literature. Wanting to learn more about Indian political history and the 1947 partition, I decided to read a non-fiction account, and Tharoor's book was perfect.

The book has six sections (Ideas of Indianness, India at Work and at Play, Indians Who Made My India, Experiences of India, The Transformation of India, and An A to Z of Being Indian) and numerous articles within each, and I believe Tharoor recycled several writings used from other journals for this book. Although this is a personal account of his experience living in and outside of India and therefore subjective, I felt he was fair in sharing the many different voices that have made and represent Indian pluralism. Not only did I learn more about Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi, but also about cricket players, Bollywood, M.F. Husain, the other Mother Theresa, and lesser known but just as influential politicians.

One of the overarching statements in the book is that secularism in India does not signify the absence of religion but rather the acceptance and celebration of a diversity of religions coexisting simultaneously. Tharoor is a Hindu, but he says India does not belong more to him than it does to a Muslim, a Jew, a Christian, or an Atheist. He opposes the tragedies that have taken place in the name of religion and that Hindus in Pakistan and Muslims in India often face discrimination when in fact, historically, both religions (in additiion to many others) contributed to the history of the land.

In the secition about Indian politicians, rather than putting names as titles of sections, they are "The Man who Wanted More," "The Man Who Stayed Behind," "The Man Who Saved India," etc. With political history, everyone can find biographies on presidents and prime ministers of nations, but what about the people in the subcurrent who supported or resisted them and therefore changed the course of a nation for the better? Some of these politicians and celebrities he includes came from untouchable backgrounds.

Tharoor also discusses womens' rights and says the key to increasing Indian literacy is to focus on educating women as they are traditionally the nurturing voice in a household. Perhaps paradoxically, he also argues that the sari is a beautiful female garment that is slowly decreasing in everyday life. As he writes, it is one the most flattering and stylic garments in the world because it is enveloped gracefully around all shapes and sizes.

There is a lot more in this book I am not discussing: call centers and work that is outsourced to India, the dying yet still present caste system, the renaming of cities (Bombay or Mumbai?). In this time of partisanship in politics and increased immigration and cultural displacement worldwide, reading more about India helps me to view my own country of origin and of residence in new ways. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more not only about India's past but also about its growth in the world today.

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Ebook الفيل و النمر و التليفون المحمول read Online! Shashi Tharoor is a member of the Indian Parliament from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala. He previously served as the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information and as the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs.

He is also a prolific author, columnist, journalist and a human rights advocate.

He has served on the Board of Overseers of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is also an adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva and a Fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities at New York University. He has also served as a trustee of the Aspen Institute, and the Advisory of the Indo-American Arts Council, the American India Foundation, the World Policy Journal, the Virtue Foundation and the human rights organization Breakthrough He is also a Patron of the Dubai Modern High School and the managing trustee of the Chandran Tharoor Foundation which he founded with his family and friends in the name of his late father, Chandran Tharoor.

Tharoor has written numerous books in English. Most of his literary creations are centred on Indian themes and they are markedly “Indo-nostalgic.” Perhaps his most famous work is The Great Indian Novel, published in 1989, in which he uses the narrative and theme of the famous Indian epic Mahabharata to weave a satirical story of Indian life in a non-linear mode with the characters drawn from the Indian Independence Movement. His novel Show Business (1992) was made into the film 'Bollywood'(1994). The late Ismail Merchant had announced his wish to make a film of Tharoor’s novel Riot shortly before Merchant’s death in 2005.

Tharoor has been a highly-regarded columnist in each of India's three best-known English-language newspapers, most recently for The Hindu newspaper (2001–2008) and in a weekly column, “Shashi on Sunday,” in the Times of India (January 2007 – December 2008). Following his resignation as Minister of State for External Affairs, he began a fortnightly column on foreign policy issues in the "Deccan Chronicle". Previously he was a columnist for the Gentleman magazine and the Indian Express newspaper, as well as a frequent contributor to Newsweek International and the International Herald Tribune. His Op-Eds and book reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, amongst other papers.

Tharoor began writing at the age of 6 and his first published story appeared in the “Bharat Jyoti”, the Sunday edition of the "Free press Journal", in Mumbai at age 10. His World War II adventure novel Operation Bellows, inspired by the Biggles books, was serialized in the Junior Statesman starting a week before his 11th birthday. Each of his books has been a best-seller in India. The Great Indian Novel is currently in its 28th edition in India and his newest volume. The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone has undergone seven hardback re-printings there.

Tharoor has lectured widely on India, and is often quoted for his observations, including, "India is not, as people keep calling it, an underdeveloped country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay.". He has also coined a memorable comparison of India's "thali" to the American "melting pot": "If America is a melting pot, then to me India is a thali--a selection of sumptuous dishes in different bowls. Each tastes different, and does not necessarily mix with the next, but they belong together on the same plate, and they complement each other in making the meal a satisfying repast."


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