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The Age of Kali by William Dalrymple
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Aug 05, 08

really liked it
Read in July, 2008

From wikipedia - "... collection of essays from a decade of travel around the Indian subcontinent. It deals with many controversial subjects such as Sati [widow martyr], the caste wars in India, political corruption, and terrorism."

Dalrymple's stamp on the book is nice and subtle. Kind of an interview-style book, with his Indian friends sending him down paths, and the Indian people telling the stories he is interested in. Not always/mostly movers and shakers, but lots of "just folks" in on big events. Great survey of the sub-continent -- first for me. Plenty of uncomfortable subjects, but such a great history. Things may have changed a lot in some of the areas the decade or more since published.

This was a yard sale book -- I didn't initially pick it up with great enthusiasm, just lacking anything else at hand. Refreshed my memory about two other books of Indian history/biography/historical fiction I enjoyed in the past: Bashai Tudu (read couple of years) and Gandhi's Truth (read way back, in my late teens?)


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