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Temptations of the West (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 13. Juni 2006

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“Mishra’s book is in the best tradition of Buddhism, both dispassionate and deeply engaged, complicated and simple, erudite and profoundly human.” —Adam Goodheart, The New York Times Book Review


An engrossing account of Pankaj Mishra’s journeys – both geographical and intellectual – through the modern world -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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Von DesiBe am 25. Oktober 2009
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Temptations of the West is a poetic journey through India and Pakistan and an incisive observation of the processes of globalization and Hindu nationalism which have hugely affected the subcontinent and changed both its social and political culture. Mishra shrewdly observes his compatriots in their strife for money and power albeit without pointing the finger. The author takes care to present the Kashmir conflict from all angles so that instead of simplifying the issue - and thus taking sides - Mishra presents it as an inextricable knot of (party) politics,
religion, economic competition, and personal vendettas.
The book is not for those seeking ready explanations and judgements but for those who wish to explore the subcontinent and learn to understand its culture and people bit by bit.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Honest Reporting from Volatile Regions 20. Juli 2013
Von Danesh Zaki - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The book contains treatises on the author's travels through India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and Tibet. Pankaj Mishra provides honest, fearless reports from the areas he visits. The incidents and conditions that he reports are hardly covered or purposely censored in the mainstream media. Reports from Kashmir, Pakistan's play in Afghanistan and the political reasons on events and the governments responses, are well covered. He also mentions the threats he and his family have received due to his frank coverage.

The book is recommended to anyone who wants a honest, on-the-ground view of things.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen One Star 29. Juni 2015
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not a great book
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Journalist in the Back Alleys 29. Oktober 2006
Von John Sollami - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The problem with journalistic sketches such as these is that they are forever becoming obsolete. Since many of these essays take the reader only to 2004, one is left wondering, for instance, what is happening today in Bollywood, with India's BJP party, in Kashmir, in Musharref's Pakistan, and in Nepal and Tibet. Events in these parts of the world are moving faster than Mishra can write about them. But the great value added here is Mishra's untangling of the tortured web of historical events and personalities from which India, Kashmir, and Pakistan stumbled their painful way into their current predicaments. Often one is left trembling with despair. For instance, Mishra gives us a detailed retelling of the decades of ubiquitous injustices and murders rampant in Kashmir. And the deeply solidified hatreds and passions that have emerged from the power-hungry ambitions of men throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, from the British on, leave one feeling hopeless for any reasonable resolution to the India/Pakistan Muslim/Western miasma engulfing us today. Indeed, one wonders at the subtitle of this book, "How To Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond." It seems to be something of an ironic joke, since Mishra is never at a loss to point out the hypocrisy of corrupt Indian "modern" politicians who live in a self-imposed bubble and ignore the suffering of millions. He also gives us an insider's look at Bollywood's lightweight "modern" movie stars and movie makers whose financial backing comes from criminals. And in general he sees the cup here as definitely more than half empty. Perhaps that viewpoint is from his many interviews at the ground level, with the suffering masses, the pathetic, powerless victims, and the poverty-stricken illiterate.

I recommend this book for those naive Westerners, like Thomas J. Friedman, who think "shining India" is the focal point of the modern world. Not quite.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen title may not have been his fault 4. Juni 2011
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Other reviewers have justly criticized the book's title and subtitle. Giving Mishra the benefit of the doubt, it is possible that the title was conjured up by the publisher, and, more likely, by someone who had not read the book. Reading it, I suspected that the publisher failed due diligence, as it apparently did not even assign an "editor" who was competent at the sentence level.

Such objections aside, the book provides a provocative insight into the complexities of the Indian subcontinent, with some helpful historical background and some fascinating first-person encounters with people involved in the events of the period during which the author did the journalistic investigation that was built into it.

As the events of the area are even today matters that should concern U.S. citizens, Mishra's book, for all its faults, is useful background reading, since much of what he describes is STILL being played out, disastrously for all concerned.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Effects of Globalization on the Indian Sub Continent Through the Eyes of a Brahmin Journalist. 31. Mai 2007
Von Skylark Alauda Thibedeau - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Mishra is an Upper Caste Hindu Journalist who tries to show us the conditions of the States of the Indian Subcontinent as a result of Globalization and Modernization through his eyes and experiences. We follow him as he interacts with people in different castes, politics, Bollywood Entertainment, the Police, the Military, Militias, education, and simple peasants.

We get a history of Indian/Pakistani Politics since 1948 from his experiences. We get a simple understanding of how India has florished while Pakistan has floundered. Of how the Congress party of Nehru and the Gandhi's have been overcome by the rise of Hindu Nationalist parties like the BJP.

He visits the Kashmir and we can see how it became India's Northern Ireland with the exception that both sides are armed with nuclear weapons. The Troubles there are similar but the killing is magnified 10 fold as no human rights groups manitor the Indian nor the Pakistani armies for human rights violations.

We get a glimpse of the Bollywood scene in Mumbai. How it is similar to the Holywood Studio system of the 40's(maybe the 30's as each film seems to have a song and dance number). We get an understanding of what is acceptable on film in that culture and why there was such a hue and cry recently over Richard Gere's kiss in public.

Mishra's strength is that he lets his subjects tell the story of their lives and how the World has changed around them. His most compelling sections are where he relates his own life experiences. I recommend the book as an excellent glimpse into the cultures of South Central Asia.
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