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Mantras of Change : Reporting India in a Time of Flux

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ISBN: 9780143065579    Publisher: Penguin Year of publishing: 2008     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 251        Language: English
Mantras of Change: Reporting India in a Time of Flux brings to the fore the face of a new India, a country that is in a constant and prolonged state of social and economic ferment, largely driven by the aspirations...Read more
Mantras of Change: Reporting India in a Time of Flux brings to the fore the face of a new India, a country that is in a constant and prolonged state of social and economic ferment, largely driven by the aspirations of people at every level, fuelled by the many forces that are beyond the control of the government or the increasingly powerful private sector. Bullock carts and snake charmers are deliberately set aside as Lak offers a glimpse of life in changing India based on his travels and encounters with people along the way. Witty and provocative, the essays talk about the information technology boom and its impact, the sexual revolution, environmental degradation, the breakdown of family structures and, of course, poverty and caste. In a series of sharply drawn portraits, the book introduces us to a policeman working in death squads, Hindu priests striving to save the environment, HIV-positive women dying a dignified death, old soldiers from the opposite sides of intractable conflicts showing genuine affection for each other, and several sexual advice counsellors. Above all, Mantras of Change is an effort to share with the readers Lak's idea of India and his love affair with a glorious and perplexing land.
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About the author: Daniel Lak
Daniel Lak spent twelve years in South Asia for the BBC, four each in India, Pakistan and Nepal. He currently lives in Toronto and works as a roving film... Read more
Daniel Lak spent twelve years in South Asia for the BBC, four each in India, Pakistan and Nepal. He currently lives in Toronto and works as a roving film maker, journalist and writer. His work has appeared in the Economist, Time, Outlook, the Independent, the Mail on Sunday and the Globe and Mail. H... View More Daniel Lak spent twelve years in South Asia for the BBC, four each in India, Pakistan and Nepal. He currently lives in Toronto and works as a roving film maker, journalist and writer. His work has appeared in the Economist, Time, Outlook, the Independent, the Mail on Sunday and the Globe and Mail. He is a regular columnist for the Nepali Times.
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