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A Very Popular Exile

Ashis Nandy, Oxford University Press, 2010, pbk, lvi, 480 p, ISBN : 0195693221, $35.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

A Very Popular Exile/Ashis Nandy

Contents: Introduction. I. The Tao of Cricket: On Games of Destiny and the Destiny of Games: Preface. 1. Tradition, transgression and norms. 2. The wistful camel and the eye of the needle. 3. Victory, defeat and the future of the savage. Notes. Index. II. An Ambiguous Journey to the City: The Village and Other Odd Ruins of the Self in the Indian Imagination: Preface. 1. The journey to the past as a journey into the self: The remembered village and the poisoned city. 2. The city as the invitation to an antique death: Pramathesh Chandra Barua and the origins of the terribly effeminate, Maudlin, Self-destructive heroes of Indian Cinema. 3. The journey to the village as a journey to the centre of the self: Mrinal Sen's Search for a Radical Cinema. 4. The Invisible holocaust and the journey as an Exodus: The poisoned village and the stranger city. Index. III. Traditions, Tyranny and Utopias: Essays in the Politics of Awareness: Foreword by Roger Garaudy. Preface. 1. Evaluating Utopias: Considerations for a dialogue of cultures and faiths. 2. Towards a Third World Utopia. 3. Reconstructing childhood: A critique of the ideology of adulthood. 4. The tradition of technology. 5. Science, authoritarianism and culture: On the scope and limits of isolation outside the clinic. 6. From outside the imperium: Gandhi's cultural critique of the West. Index.

This omnibus includes three major works of Ashis Nandy—The Tao of Cricket, An Ambiguous Journey to the City, and Traditions, Tyranny, and Utopias. The first, which has been called ‘the Hind Swaraj of Indian cricket’, shows how the game, with its pre-industrial ethics and distinctive rhythm, entered South Asian popular culture in colonial times. It also discusses how the game is slowly becoming a conventional, modern, professionalized, and corporatized sport.

The second describes the journey from the village to the city and the struggle to recover the lost village as pivots of creative imagination in the Indic civilization. Indian cosmopolitanism, it argues, is sterile without the village serving as a counterpoint of the city.

The third seeks to retrieve visions of a desirable society outside the nineteenth-century theories of mega-technology-led, allegedly historically determined progress. It contests such theories which have allowed a few privileged societies to colonize the future of the entire Southern world.

This omnibus includes three major works of Ashis Nandy—The Tao of Cricket, An Ambiguous Journey to the City, and Traditions, Tyranny, and Utopias. The first, which has been called ‘the Hind Swaraj of Indian cricket’, shows how the game, with its pre-industrial ethics and distinctive rhythm, entered South Asian popular culture in colonial times. It also discusses how the game is slowly becoming a conventional, modern, professionalized, and corporatized sport.

The second describes the journey from the village to the city and the struggle to recover the lost village as pivots of creative imagination in the Indic civilization. Indian cosmopolitanism, it argues, is sterile without the village serving as a counterpoint of the city.

The third seeks to retrieve visions of a desirable society outside the nineteenth-century theories of mega-technology-led, allegedly historically determined progress. It contests such theories which have allowed a few privileged societies to colonize the future of the entire Southern world.

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