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An Indian Summer: a personal experience of India

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James Cameron's personal experience of India.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1994 by Penguin Books India (first published 1974)
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Mar 15, 2015 Ensiform rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, india
Cameron, a journalist, returns to India after a lifetime as a foreign correspondent, now married to an Indian. He recalls his past there as well as India’s past and present, and along the way muses about life and death and everything else. Then he gets into a serious car collision and finds that he needs an artificial heart.

A rich book, filled with truly deep thoughts and stunningly honest self-assessments about fear and dying as well as the human condition: “I am not afraid of the dark, I am af
This book is part-travelogue and part-memoir of a journalist, James Cameron, who is unrelated to the famous filmmaker. The book is set in 1970s' India. It moves forward in a slightly nonlinear fashion going back and forth between Cameron's earlier visits to India and self-contemplation.

Reading this book was an absolute pleasure. I read this book like a snail just to enjoy the beautiful language. Almost poetic in some instances. The book makes fair and honest observations about India and its his
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Jun 13, 2015 Sairam Krishnan rated it really liked it
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Possibly one of the most insightful memoir/travelogues ever written about India, James Cameron's book is a revelation. I'll have to read his other India book for some perspective before I return for a deeper read.
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Feb 08, 2015 Vikas Datta rated it liked it
Some interesting perceptions of India especially of Delhi and Shimla under the Raj as high-level political discussions on the country's fate were underway in the mid-1940s and some revealing but too short incisive portrayals of main players like Mr Nehru and Mr Jinnah, and of Maulana Azad, Wavell and Atlee too.... I wish he had given more focus here. Then fast forward to the country in the early 1970s and his nearly-fatal brush with the 1971 war. An interesting account no doubt but somewhat dive ...more
Aug 30, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it
Cameron is a journalist who has spent most of his professional life reporting from India. He marries an Indian woman. The book records his reflections on the last summer he spends in India (and I believe also the first they are married?). At the end of this he goes to report on a civil war and is seriously injured in a road accident.
The book looks back partly nostalgically at how things were during the British Raj, but also shows signs of forward reflection about how the continent is flourishin
Jul 11, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable account of the English writer, newly married to an Indian woman, moves to this land that he once knew well before. He sees how much it has changes.
Aug 10, 2016 Bella rated it really liked it
much of this work holds true decades later, however the final 50 pages really ruined the whole experience for me.
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beautifully written
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James Cameron was born in London in 1911. After leaving school he worked as an office boy for the Weekly News. He worked for newspapers in Dundee and Glasgow before joining the Daily Express in 1940.

Cameron witnessed atom bomb tests in 1946. Shocked by what he saw he became
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