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  1. Himanshu Bhatnagar Himanshu Bhatnagar says:

    William Dalrymple called this book a love letter to India I fully agree A Strange Kind of Paradise isn't intended as a history text book nor a dry list of facts cough Romila Thapar coughWhat you have in your hands though is an incomparable collection of selected writings from non indian writers about India as they experienced it through the ages from the earliest Greek visitors to the modern American ones From wondrous tales of fantastical tribes one rud to have their face on their chest another took for its food the aromas of fruits and flowers and animals some dig up gold to modern rants about how this country is all about shit and filth it's all here Megasthenes' amazement the Mauryan palace of Chandragupta to Inman's oatmealcom characterization of India as a sun scorched scabbed asshole of a country it's all here From respect to awe to disillusionment to hatred to derision and scorn you can find it allAnd yet for all the facts and profusion of narratives Miller puts in his book it never feels heavy nor does the book itself despite being 400 pages long D It's a sumptuous feast a veritable smorgasbord of stories incidents anecdotes and experiences You get a taste of everything that has been said of India through the millennia And all of this is beautifully interspersed with Miller's own experiences in and of India It is at the same time a history and a part autobiography a discovery of India and of the self But not once will you want to skip a page of the author's journey to get on with your own From Tony Mango to BBC Delhi Miller's own story is as readable as the foreign narratives and at times a lot pleasantYou'll find them all here Fa Hsien ibn Batuta Babur Macaulay Twain Kipling Rossellini did you know he made a film on India? and so many From the famous to the almost unknown from mythical visitors who made India their home to real ones who never even visited so many peoples voices are presented to us And India is there in all its beauty and ugliness its grandeur and meanness its simplicity and its convolutedness its spirituality and its eroticism You see how people have come to this land searching for their own idea of India and for the most part they found it whatever it might have beenIn the end you realize unlike many narrators that India is not a single concept a genie to be bottled up in one well bottle It never has been People who thought they had found India had only found the facet they had come to search for here nothing People who didn't find theirs felt cheated and betrayed But India was and is than the sum of all that people came here for From spices to gold to sex to yoga to mysticism to elephants and snake charmers to cheap labour to religion to peaceyou can find pretty much all you want to here yes open air shitters too But if you attain your goal and go away thinking that you have seen and understood the real India then you are just like those uite racial blind mice of IndostanAnd this is the parting message Miller leaves you with And herein as he explains lies the charm and the unsightliness of India And therein in that moment of understanding lies the beauty of Miller's paeanI would definitely recommend this book It's gentle funny sarcastic and above all honest Read it and get a taste of this mass of contradictions you see as a rhomboidal piece of land somewhere in Asia and maybe you will be able to judge it better than Inman

  2. Ranjeev Dubey Ranjeev Dubey says:

    Long resident of India and married to a Parsi the author is a half insider and his review of how westerners and Chinese in the main have imagined India since their first contact is a useful addition to writing on the subject His main point is that foreigners 'construct' India in the context of their needs at that point Okay end of the point now you don't need to read the bookI'm kidding This is infotainment The fun is in the anecdote weaving and short trips up the side valleys Good fun if you are looking for a skilled easy read Not very good if you are middle aged reasonably well read and reasonably perceptive Even less useful if you are seeking great life transforming revelation I'd say take it on a beach vacation and you will not regret the decision

  3. Sajith Kumar Sajith Kumar says:

    Indians have been particularly complacent in recording history or putting down their observations to paper or palm leaves or whatever India boasts of early mathematicians and philosophers who were at par with Greek scholars but the position of Herodotus remains uncontested Whatever history the modern historians compiled was from the accounts of visitors and invaders who came here Early Buddhist texts and a rational analysis of the Puranas supported their findings and the modern Indian historiography was born This book is the tale of a 2500 year old engagement between foreigners and India that begins with the ancient Greeks This book is an excellent survey of the writing from Megasthenes onwards to the twenty first century movies and cultural interactions Sam Miller is a journalist who worked with the BBC in Delhi for many years He has married from India and stays here as an adopted son in law of the countryMiller notes a crucial difference of focus on the accounts of ancient and modern visitors to India The ancient ones were almost universally of the view that it was a land of untold wealth rich in resources and jewels Some accounts talk about gold digging ants and places where diamonds can simply be picked from the ground In the modern period a U turn is seen in the crux of the narrative where almost all of them present horrific tales of grinding dehumanizing poverty Did the rich country gradually fall into misery as a result of countless raids of loot and plunder let loose by the invaders? The author tactfully stops short of asking this pertinent uestion but instead presents the reasons behind the modern perspective In between the two eras there appeared a period in which India remained a misty eminence for most mediaeval Europeans while China surged ahead out of the shadows This happened as a corollary to the Mongol invasions to Europe in which the glimmer of their sword blades reflected off streams of blood as far away as Hungary and Bulgaria The stamp of poverty was affixed on India's visage in the early eighteenth century when the first sustained identification of it as a land of great poverty rather than of great wealth came to pass This image was largely transmitted through the writings of missionaries who won most of their converts from the poorest of the poor upon the supply of food and other items of material support Some of the converts were in fact derisively called ‘Rice Christians’ Missionaries would send letters back home begging for money to support the new converts This picture got etched into the European mind during the colonial daysOf all the visitors mentioned in this book that of Tripitaka variously known as Hiuen Tsang or Xuansang is worthy of remark He was a Chinese monk who made the long and arduous overland journey from his homeland to India in the seventh century CE The aim of his visit was to call on the holy sites of Buddhism and to find ancient Buddhist texts He was the source of the greatest contact between the two countries from the third to the seventh centuries CE Tripitaka made the first description of the giant rock cut Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan which were blasted away in 2001 in a mad rush of religious bigotry by the Taleban For some reason Miller continues to refer to the Chinese pilgrim by his Indian name Tripitaka A part of his skull was gifted to India in 1956 as a piece of goodwill measure by the nascent People's Republic of China and personally handed over by the Dalai Lama who accompanied the official delegation led by the premier Zhou Enlai It still remains under lock and key in the Patna Museum His narrative contains a detailed description of the theological university at Nalanda which housed 10000 monks in multi storeyed chambers This seat of learning was vandalised and burnt down by a Muslim warlord in the twelfth century when he discovered that there was no copy of the uran in its library p69 A Tibetan pilgrim visited the site soon after in 1235 and what he saw was heart breaking He found one aged monk teaching pupils among the charred remains of the once magnificent buildings It soon went into oblivion and was rediscovered only in the nineteenth century with the help of an English translation of Tripitaka’s workMiller dwells at some length on the Orientalist and Anglicist dichotomy in the Western viewpoint on India We come across some westerners who are starry eyed on Indian ideals and artefacts while another group treats it with disdain and contempt The Orientalists is of the persuasion that the West has much to learn from India Their images of the country was born of its pre colonial past an ancient civilization waiting to be discovered its artefacts collected and categorised The Anglicists’ image of India was adapted from the colonial period with all its attendant ills The land they were conuering became a testbed where they could experiment with their ideas on Christianity progress and education William Jones who founded the Asiatic Society belongs to the former and Wilberforce who preached against slavery the historian James Mill and Thomas Macaulay belong to the latter group Macaulay went a step further jeeringly remarking that a single shelf of a good European library was worth the whole native literature of India and Arabia He also wanted to play with the new education system the British was implementing in India that sought to create a class of persons Indian in blood and colour but English in taste in opinion in morals and in intellect Indeed it was successful in churning out a group of Anglophone people who have lost touch with the country’s s and were often disparagingly remarked upon as Macaulay's childrenThe constant refrain of all modern visitors to India had been its dirtiness not of the land but of the actions of its inhabitants for which poverty is one of the reasons The wide practice of open defecation made it a foul place even for those who are impressed by its otherwise impeccable attributes V S Naipaul notes with disgust in An Area of Darkness that ‘Indians defecate everywhere They defecate mostly beside the railway tracks But they also defecate on the beaches; they defecate on the river banks; they defecate on the streets; they never look for cover’ p361 In fact the euphemistic term for defecation in the Malayalam language is ‘going outside’ However open defecation is in its final laps with the countrywide coverage of the Swachh Bharat initiative We hope that future visitors won't have a bone of contention at least on this pointThe chapter titles are a pastiche of old travel books in which the author's exploits are displayed in a brief way The exceeding number of footnotes somewhat repels the readers from the main narrative Miller has been very open in handling delicate points that offend puritanical readers There are some ribald uotes from travel lore on which discretion on the part of faint hearted readers is advised He also provides a taste of the imperial erotica in a matter of fact way Miller’s vocabulary is amazingly comprehensive and hints of his rich credentials to his career in journalism The author’s own biography is also presented through a string of intermissions at the end of each chapter That way Miller becomes a part of his own narrative stream by which his experiences enrich the abundant material compiled by foreign eyesThe book is highly recommended

  4. Maitrey Maitrey says:

    The book is part history part travelogue and part memoir Oh and also a love letter to IndiaThe author Sam Miller was the BBC regional South Asia head and this is his second book His first was a similarly written book on the city of DelhiA Strange Kind of Paradise is a rambling account of what foreigners although who these people are in context to India is not very clear in the first place thought right from Greek visitors to the Chinese Buddhist pilgrims and Arab visitors to the most recent influx of Westerners from Brits to Germans to AmericansMiller interweaves history with his travels across usual suspects like Mumbai and Delhi to the off beat places such as in Central India where a certain Heliodorus the Bactrian Greek set up a victory pillar to Vishnu Also there are regular intermissions where Miller discusses his personal life where he married a Parsi woman from Mumbai and his subseuent move to India from BritainOverall Paradise was very light reading and was downright funny on many occasions Miller takes great pleasure in finding connections between places events and characters spread across something like 3 millennia of Indian history His footnotes were easily the most interesting bits to read aboutIf you aren't into esoteric connections though this book is not something that I'd recommend to people to actually learn anything about Indian history or culture

  5. Adam Adam says:

    This is one of the best books I have read about India It is informative inciteful entertaining unobtrusively scholarly and accurate As its title suggests it considers India through the eyes of people who have visited it for any of many reasons and how it affected them and their opinions about the country Interspersed amongst the chapters there is a series of 'interludes' in which the author describes how he gradually adapted to India over the yearsLike me Miller had no particular interest in India until a romantic connection resulted in him visiting the place Miller's comments about India Indian life visitors' reactions to India and the impossibility of summing up the country 'in a nutshell' like atomic particles the vast country of India can be many things to many people simultaneously a Heissenberg Uncertainy situation on an immense scale largely concur with my ideas on these matters Maybe that is one of the reasons that the book appeals to me so much But that is not all the book is a really good read

  6. Kshitij Rawat Kshitij Rawat says:

    “What is India?” A great many people of yore mostly Europeans who had only a faint idea about a distant land they thought for a long time incorrectly to be located at the end of the world must have wondered this Even Alexander the Great was ignorant–he assumed that after conuering this land beyond the Indus he would win the whole world Back then people didn’t have the comfort of uick modes of transportation like aeroplanes and trains And of course the maps were incomplete and inaccurate that is if there were any When a sailor wanted to sail to the hitherto unknown parts of the world he had little chance of success due to poor navigation facilities and difficulties in procuring shipmates because of a general reluctance to visit an alien landIn those days India had a reputation of something akin to a fantasy world Even when it was largely uncharted and unexplored it impressed itself deeply upon the minds of the foreigners as a land of wonder of unimaginable wealth sigh magic snake charmers and really strange inhabitants Most of these as we know impressions were hyperbolic hogwash Although nothing like the exaggerated impressions regarding ancient and medieval India which mythified it into a place somewhere in the Middle earth even today the picture most outsiders create of India is pretty ridiculous ill informed and coloured by prejudicesIn his new book A Strange kind of Paradise BBC journalist Sam Miller tells us about what outsiders thought of India starting from the antiuity to the present He demystifies this country for foreigners debunks their prejudices and writes a charmingly funny tale about his personal relationship with India Miller I came to know has spent about twenty years in India Delhi and even has an Indian wife Apart from his considerable experience with the Indian people and lifestyle he is a discerning observer–a nice attribute for a journalist of course but it also helps him to have a profound understanding of India Indeed I have never encountered any other foreign writer who comprehends the tangled web that is India so well and without any preconceptions and ready made opinions A telling passageWe all have our patchwork ideas of India our notions and opinions and prejudices–often fallacious and absurd–of this enormous disparate country which as I take pleasure in reminding newcomers bigger in population than all but its own continent Asia It is a place onto which foreigners have projected their own exotic fantasies and fears their explanatory and simplifying schemata And they never seem uite to make up their minds–as they swing from one extreme to the other–whether this country is of great wealth or of appalling poverty of spiritual renunciation or of unabashed materialism of fasting or of gluttony of erotic sophistication or of sexual puritanism of corruption or of moral superiority They probably fail to admit that it might be all these things and even so everything in betweenThe book is very well written well researched imbued with a lot of humour and is ultimately very readable due to the simple fact that it is written by somebody who really knows India to give you an idea I finished it in a single sitting and I’m usually a fairly slow reader As much as a scholar born and brought up in the streets of Delhi or Mumbai And also the author has a genuine love for the country he has adopted This is uite clear from this passageThe enormous scale of India is important It seems both large enough and varied enough for most things imaginable on this earth to be possible in just one country Whatever you are searching for great food spiritual learning a good holiday narcotic experiences snowy mountains a job tropical jungle love of any kind or even the happy and not so happy poor And it’s because almost everything is possible that visitors continue to have such idiosyncratic fantasies and opinions and nightmares about India as a country as if one tiny part stood for the whole And this notion of scale and variety turned about helps me to understand why I love living here so much For India makes the rest of the world feel small and tame and uniform and peripheral by comparison India has everything that is old everything that is modern and everything in between It has uite enough to challenge and surprise me intellectually aesthetically and existentially for so many lifetimes I have never been bored in IndiaBut keep in mind this is not a fairy tale Miller as much as he loves the country doesn’t skimp over the ugly side of the country The filth bigotry poverty illiteracy carelessness ignorance But he tells all of that in a passive way He doesn’t judge That is when you realise that he is as much an Indian as you areA bit of warning this book has a good deal of sexual and um scatological references So as fun and informative this book is I certainly do not recommend it for children And prudes too please stay away

  7. Kartik Kartik says:

    A Strange Kind of Paradise is a very entertaining take on Indian history The uniue lens that the book uses is to look at Indian history from the perspective of foreigners who have visited India over the past couple millennia That lens helps to convey rather effectively why India has always been interesting different Further Sam Miller regales the reader with periodic intermissions in which he shares his own experience moving to and living in IndiaWhile there is no dearth of books on Indian history what sets this book apart is how entertaining Sam Miller's narrative is The book is by no means the authoritative book on Indian history but it will make you want to look up that authoritative book to fill in the gaps In short this book will make you genuinely curious about Indian history that is the ultimate litmus test for a mass market history book Finally it's worth noting that the book is not for young readers Sam is particularly fascinated by sexuality in India and there is no dearth of references to it On that topic I was struck by how pre British India contrasts with today's India Indian writers and people in general seemed comfortable discussing sexuality writing about it and depicting it in ways that colonial prudes found immensely scandalous Today's India has acuired that distinctly western morality while the west has changed its mind and move closer to the old Indian approach to sex and sexuality My bottomline The book is no classic but I can't imagine anyone regretting reading this entertaining and uniue take on Indian history It therefore gets my top recommendationOTHER NOTESThe book is filled with interesting passages and uotes I list some of the ones that caught my attentionLamartine poet revolutionary who briefly ruled France on the vedas Indian philosophy eclipses all others; it is the ocean and we are only cloudsThomas Macaulay A single shelf of European library was worth the whole native literature of India and ArabiaKarl Marx India has no known history What we call its history is but the history of successive intruders who founded their empires on the passive basis of that unresisting and unchanging societySchopenhauer on Upanishads It has been the solace of my life it will be the solace of my deathOn Kipling who was born in india He is still remembered as the man who invented the phrase ' the White Man's burden' which became a shorthand excuse for the empire Orwell also born in India on Kipling 'a gutter patriot' and a 'vulgar flagwaver'On the visit by several british tourists during the 150th anniversary of 1857 revolt One of the tourists the great great grandson of Henry Havelock Note major general who helped capture many of Nana Sahib's supporters was uoted as expressing his 'enormous admiration for what the Brits who fought and lived here did' To which a Bangalore blogger responded 'these Britons are unwilling or unable to come to terms with their gruesome past and the reality that the British Empire was like any other empire in history It was an enterprise of loot pillage and oppression'EM Forster on Passage to India he thought of it as 'a little bridge of sympathy between East and West but this conception had to go because I think that most Indians like most English people are shits'

  8. Diane Diane says:

    The author of this book is a British correspondent who lived in India for many years and is married to an Indian woman He focuses on how India is portrayed by foreigners The book intersperses one chapter of his narrative about his experiences in India with another on a foreign power in India's history for example the Mughals Portuguese and eventually the British It is a very interesting idea and I liked the chapters on history but I thought the author sounded rather pretentious in the chapters that he wrote about his own experience

  9. Reece Willis Reece Willis says:

    I really enjoy Sam Miller's work and I find his writing fascinating As someone who never tires of learning about India this book has provided an incredible and broad source of information which I have then gone on to supplement by doing further research into some of the many things mentioned including an alternative Mughal history and Tipu's Tiger to name but a few

  10. Vineet Vineet says:

    Nice read but it has some glaring loopholes but I wouldn't like to dwell on them here

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