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Chasing America: Of Lollipops, Night Clubs And Ferocious Dogs

Deepak Singh, Supernova Publisher, 2011, Pbk, ISBN : 9788189930493, $20.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Chasing America: Of Lollipops, Night Clubs And Ferocious Dogs

Chasing America is an endearing, heartfelt, and deeply funny account of one man’s journey from north India to America. Rather than coming from the small town to the big city, a journey pictured in countless Hollywood and Bollywood movies, Singh travels from urban India to rural America, discovering kindness and confusion along the way and finding both delight and frustration in the minutia of everyday life. Our bookshelves are filled with tales of western travellers discovering the mysterious and exotic in India. But this account is something different refreshing view from the other side, a much needed and anthropological look at the strange in the mundane and the familiar in the supposedly exotic. In what is as much a fond recollection of a happy youth in India as an account of small-town life in America, Singh gives us a sense of the quirks, peculiarities and mysteries. America seen with a newcomer’s eyes while offering glimpses of a busy and loving Indian upbringing. Describing encounters tinged with both racism and understanding, he offers insights into the world of working class Indian immigrants in America, an underclass that seldom appears in representations of the American dream overeducated men and women staffing the Subway sandwich shops, motels, and convenience stores across America. This moving and humane accounts ends not by finding differences but by discovering connections. Singh’s rural American inlaws remind of this family in Lucknow and remind us that even in the many forms life can take, there is something immediately recognizable about home.

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