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Brahmins and Bungalows: Travels through South Indian History

£9.95

Kavita Watsa

Paperback 9780143031468

 

Crowned by exquisitely rendered memories of the cool woods of Kodaikanal, Brahmins and Bungalows: Travels through South Indian History is a witty, elegant, loving portrait of a deeply cosmopolitan land.

 

 

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`I opened my eyes with a start the repeated metallic sound of a stonecutter’s axe was drifting up from the village, just as it must have done thirteen centuries before. The air around me grew heavy with my imaginings, for in my head I heard the ringing of a hundred axes, and knew it was time to leave.’

 

 

Kavita Watsa has been seeking new horizons ever since a mischievous great-uncle put her in a horse cart and took her to a Mysore arrack shop at an impressionable age. In this sparkling mosaic of South Indian travels, she treads roads ancient and modern, opens antique travelogues to see what others saw, and reminds us of the myriad peoples and forces that have shaped life south of the Vindhyas.

 

 

With an almost Victorian sensibility for bends in the road and turns of phrase, Watsa presents a rich blend of landscapes and architecture from monsoon-lashed Goa to an island that inspired Tagore, from desolate Hampi to burgeoning Bangalore, from charming Pondicherry to sun-baked Tranquebar and beyond.

 

 

Crowned by exquisitely rendered memories of the cool woods of Kodaikanal, Brahmins and Bungalows: Travels through South Indian History is a witty, elegant, loving portrait of a deeply cosmopolitan land.

 

 

Additional Information
By

Kavita Watsa

Published by

Penguin

ISBN

9780143031468

Format

Paperback

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