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Inhaling the Mahatma

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  89 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
'When a Gandhi dies, nobody is safe.' 'When a Gandhi dies, nobody is safe.' An assassination and a romance. A hijacking, several nuclear explosions and a religious experience ... just some of the ingredients in the latest tour de force from the bestselling author of the Carpet Wars. In the searing summer of 2004, Christopher Kremmer returns to India, a country in the grip ...more
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Teresa
Dec 22, 2009 Teresa rated it really liked it
Insightful and personal account of years as a journalist in India, then a revisiting to research and bathe in the Ganges - not my favourite image from this book.

Enlightening to a person unfamiliar with India and I enjoyed the political and personal analysis of a complex and rapidly evolving country.

Kremmer writes well and the research impressive but the thing I enjoyed most was his descriptions of people and living with his inlaws in Delhi.
Dhiren Parekh
Excellent depiction of indian culture with deep insight into india ' s modern and ancient political, cultural, philosophical history narrated by an outsider (australian). this very engrossing piece of writing is a mix of travelogue, personal story and journalist's report diary

Christopher believes that India ' s IT boom has buried it's image as a timeless, caste - ridden place teeming with paupers, snake charmers and maharajahs. The world is doing yoga, wearing pashmina and reading indian authors
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Pangolin
Apr 26, 2009 Pangolin rated it really liked it
This book has been on my list of books to read even before I actually went to India a couple of years ago. As you will see from my reading habits (once I get a few more books on my shelves of course!) I don't read much non-fiction. This book has been an exception, part travelogue, part reportage, part personal story it is well balanced and interesting. Kremmer is an foreign correspondent for the ABC and like others from that profession (I'm reminded of Eric Campell's Absurdistan) writes so engag ...more
Jasmin Kaur
Jan 01, 2013 Jasmin Kaur rated it really liked it
Very engrossing read. It was interesting to see the historical conflicts between Hindus and Muslims play out within the modern context. The complexity and fine-ness that colours India is well depicted in this book. Definitely a relaxing and good read.
Kristine
Apr 12, 2011 Kristine rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book - a journalists non-fiction account of modern day India. While there are some interesting pieces buried within the book, the narrative is often just a tedious rehash of earlier work without a coherent link, theme or premise.
Sue
Mar 02, 2010 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: india
Loved, loved this book. If you have been to India you will really enjoy it and will relate to parts of it.
Rajan
Nov 26, 2009 Rajan added it
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Tracy
Apr 02, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and its insight into India and its structure.

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Katrina
Feb 25, 2012 Katrina rated it really liked it
Another great book from Christopher Kremmer. A travel story from an established journalist. It is both a history lesson and a personal journey of discovery.
Cheryl
Jun 29, 2008 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, india
Such a clever title... literal & philosophical at once, but you must read the passage the spawned the title to truly appreciate its cleverness.
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