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Author talk: "India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking"
Deepak Kanungo '90 invites Princetonians to a forum with Anand Giridharadas at the India Community Center in Milpitas to discuss his recently published book about his return to the India that his parents left.

In India Call­ing, Girid­haradas brings to life the peo­ple and the dilem­mas of India today, through the prism of his émigré fam­ily his­tory and his child­hood mem­o­ries of India. He intro­duces us to entre­pre­neurs, rad­i­cals, indus­tri­al­ists, and reli­gious seek­ers, but, most of all, to Indian fam­i­lies. He shows how par­ents and chil­dren, hus­bands and wives, cousins and sib­lings are rein­vent­ing rela­tion­ships, bend­ing the mean­ing of Indi­an­ness, and endur­ing the pangs of the old birthing the new.

Through their sto­ries, and his own, he paints an inti­mate por­trait of a coun­try becom­ing mod­ern while striv­ing to remain itself.

Anand Girid­haradas is a writer based in Cam­bridge, Mass­a­chu­setts, and a columnist for new York Times and the International Herald Tribune. India Call­ing: An Inti­mate Por­trait of a Nation’s Remaking is a work of nar­ra­tive non­fic­tion about his return to the India that his par­ents left.

Born in Cleve­land, Ohio, to par­ents from Bom­bay, he has also resided in Paris and out­side Wash­ing­ton, D.C., where his fam­ily still lives. He stud­ied the his­tory of polit­i­cal thought at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan, Ann Arbor, and at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford.

The moderator for the event is Prof. Thomas Blom Hansen, Reliance-Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Anthropology, South Asian Studies and Director of the Center for South Asia at Stanford University. He is the author of three books published by the Princeton University Press: The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India (1999); Wages of Violence: Naming and Identity in Post-Colonial Bombay (2001), and Melancholia of Freedom: Social Life in a South African Township (2011).

Time and date: 3 p.m. Sunday, January 16.

Location: India Community Center, 525 Los Coches St, Milpitas

Register on the India Community Center website: http://www.indiacc.org/IndiaCalling

Event Information
Sunday, Jan 16 2011 at 3:00pm [ iCal ]
India Community Center
525 Los Coches St
Milpitas, CA

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