Almost Home: Finding a Place in the World from Kashmir to New York

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The best Kindle Almost Home: Finding a Place in the World from Kashmir to New York published In essays that bespeak a thoroughly cosmopolitan sensibility, Githa Hariharan not only takes us on illuminating tours through cities rich in history, but gives a voice to urban people from all over the world Kashmir, Palestine, Delhi trying to live with basic human dignity under circumstances of dire repression or crushing poverty JM CoetzeeWhat does a medieval city in In essays that bespeak a thoroughly cosmopolitan sensibility, Githa Hariharan not only takes us on illuminating tours through cities rich in history, but gives a voice to urban people from all over the world Kashmir, Palestine, Delhi trying to live with basic human dignity under circumstances of dire repression or crushing poverty JM CoetzeeWhat does a medieval city in South India have in common with Washington, D.C How do people in Kashmir envision the freedom they long for To whom does Delhi, city of grand monuments and hidden slums, actually belong And what makes a city, or any place, home In ten intricately wrought essays, renowned author Githa Hariharan takes readers on an eye opening journey across time and place, exploring the history, landscape, and people that have shaped the world s most fascinating and fraught cities.Inspired by Italo Calvino s playful and powerful writing about journeys and cities, Harihan combines memory, cultural criticism, and history to sculpt fascinating, layered stories about the places around the world from Delhi, Mumbai, and Kashmir to Palestine, Algeria, and eleventh century C rdoba, from Tokyo to New York and Washington In narrating the lives of these places vanquished and marginalized, she plumbs the depths of colonization and nation building, poverty and war, the struggle for human rights, and the day to day business of survival Almost Home Finding a Place in the World from Kashmir to New York presents a new kind of travel writing that is intellectually adventurous but never detached, couched in personal experience but deeply engaged in the world, inviting the reader to make surprising connections with her own sense of home.. The best Book Almost Home: Finding a Place in the World from Kashmir to New York This book was a quick, fun read for me. I suppose I would define it best as a travel book, as the author travels from place to place as she composes these essays, but it could just as well fall into memoir or almost a current affairs section. The book doesn’t settle down into the places that Hariharan visits, it’s very transient. I would say the places and people are drawn in broad, colorful strokes that, while brief, are rich in detail and have the ring of truth. The descriptions were unexpectedly poetic, which was a nice change from what I have been reading. The book is very different than the travel books that I’ve read in the past, written for and by Western audiences, usually male. One thing I noted was how subjective the essays were; Hariharan brings up her own history and understanding of a place frequently. Even her own role in the community is mentioned where she has one. She also uses literary references to begin to get into a place and then explores from there and expounds on themes from or related to that person’s writing in a way that was really engaging. I was struck by her trip to Kashmir in particular and it brought out the author’s ability to tell people’s stories transparently in a way that feels genuine. Even the way that she tells a historical figure’s life story was compelling and particular with broad strokes of description. The part that I liked the least was the part on Palestine that I thought were poorly served by the methods of storytelling that she used. The section was a set of stories from her time there that demonstrated the limits of her broad stroke techniques. I would have appreciated more ink spilled about the situation.I like that each essay stood alone and served as a bridge to the disparate essays gathered in the collection. I also really enjoyed her writing on India as an Indian. It was fascinating to hear how some places are experience by someone who lives in the country. Almost Home has certainly made me more interested in visiting India and the various other places Hariharan has to discover more about the truth that lives there.

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  1. Hariharan was born in Coimbatore and grew up in Bombay and Manila She obtained a BA in English from Bombay University and a MA in Communications from Fairfield University U.S.AHariharan first worked in the Public Broadcasting System in New York and then with a publishing firm as an editor in India She currently works as a freelance editor In her personal life, she, along with her husband, won the right to have the children named after her instead of carrying the father s name in this famous case argued by Indira Jaising, the Supreme Court agreed that the mother was also a natural guardian of the child.Template AIR 1999, 2 SCC 228

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  1. This book was a quick, fun read for me I suppose I would define it best as a travel book, as the author travels from place to place as she composes these essays, but it could just as well fall into memoir or almost a current affairs section The book doesn t settle down into the places that Hariharan visits, it s very transient I would say the places and people are drawn in broad, colorful strokes that, while brief, are rich in detail and have the ring of truth The descriptions were unexpectedly [...]



  2. In essays that bespeak a thoroughly cosmopolitan sensibility, Githa Hariharan not only takes us on illuminating tours through cities rich in history, but gives a voice to urban people from all over the world Kashmir, Palestine, Delhi trying to live with basic human dignity under circumstances of dire repression or crushing poverty JM Coetzee Hariharanemploys abundant creative imagination as she conjures the centuries past that have shaped the present in which she finds herself Almost Home seems [...]


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