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Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond A New York Times Book Review Editors ChoiceIn Temptations of the West,Pankaj Mishra brings literary authority and political insight to bear on journeys through South Asia, and considers the pressures of Western style modernity and prosperity on the region Beginning in India, his examination takes him from the realities of Bollywood stardom, to the history of Jawaharlal Nehru s post independence politics In Kashmir, he reports on the brutal massacre of thirty five Sikhs, and its intriguing local aftermath And in Tibet, he exquisitely parses the situation whereby the atheist Chinese government has discovered that Tibetan Buddhism can be packaged and sold to tourists Temptations of the West is essential reading about a conflicted and rapidly changing region of the world

10 thoughts on “Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond

  1. Selva Selva says:

    My first read of 2020 turned out to be an interesting one I don t know why it is titled Temptations of the west How to be modern in India, Pakistan and beyond while buying, I just thought it was a travelogue But anyway, the author s

  2. Rajesh Kurup Rajesh Kurup says:

    My feelings on Temptations of the West are very mixed To start, the book has little do with the title, or subtitle How to be Modern. Mishra writes mainly of the history of the subcontinent rather than its future His journalistic tend

  3. Faisal Buzdar Faisal Buzdar says:

    An extremely insightful book, providing an illuminating account of Pankaj Mishra s travels in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Tibet Mishra takes us to cities and remote regions in these countries, uniquely experiencing moderni

  4. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Wow This is totally my kind of nonfiction The author, an Indian educated journalist, lends his personal understanding of South Asian culture, language, and history to current events in these countries The first chapter was my favorite,

  5. Suzette Suzette says:

    An illuminating read by an excellent writer Content was nicely presented, lively and from an interesting viewpoint Recommended if you re interested in learning about the people, culture and day to day life in India.

  6. Namgay Namgay says:

    I really enjoyed it because I got to read about Nepal and Kashmir and Hindu nationalism and Afghanistan, places about which I had known nothing before But I have a feeling that I will return to this book after a few years and find it pre

  7. Harshit Harshit says:

    This is the first book by Mishra that I have read I d heard of him from his fights with Rushdie and Ferguson In my mind he was always the review world s Rakhi Sawant Reading this book has possibly elevated him Sawants and Kardashians don

  8. Alden Alden says:

    Mishra is a very good writer and this book is in many ways illuminating It discusses some aspects of contemporary life, the stresses of contemporary life in South Asia I had hoped forof the sort of analysis the title seems to promise an ex

  9. Tariq Mahmood Tariq Mahmood says:

    The book is a journalist s experiences in his native India, where he focuses on politics and Kashmir, in Pakistan where he explores a jihadism, in Nepal where Maoism rebellion is covered and in Tibet where Dalai Llama and the Tibetan strugg

  10. Aakash Aakash says:

    I liked temptations of the west because of its narrative style different from what I am used to in the academic genre Mishra is discussing important questions about modernity and tradition in south Asia using very personal stories of real pe

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