Wednesday, November 15, 2006

unusual book about indian americans

nov 15th

the alliterative title itself sounds a little corny (and maybe a put-down) but ram narayan swears this is a great book. however, ram is known for his boundless enthusiasm :-)

also, i am not very sure of pratap bhanu mehta. he's from jnu and thus automatically suspect (although there is at least one person from jnu who's all right -- makarand paranjape. i don't know dr. paranjape is surviving in the hostile, highly nuke-able environs of jnu. tca srinivasa-raghavan makes sense most of the time, though.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ram Narayanan

Dear Rajeev:

Dr Harold A Gould is Visiting Scholar in South Asian Studies at the University of Virginia. He has written extensively on India and has just published a book titled,
"SIKHS, SWAMIS, STUDENTS, AND SPIES: The India Lobby in the United States, 1900-1946."

The book was released in India in September, 2006 and recently in the US.

I have started reading it.

As the dust jacket claims, it's indeed

"a fascinating and absorbing history of the Indian lobby 
in America during the pre-independence era".

I have also seen FOUR reviews of the book. The first is by Francis C Assissi in INDOLINK ( ). It says, in part:

A second review has appeared in THE INDIAN EXPRESS -- It's by Pratap Bhanu Mehta ( ). An excerpt:

The third review, published in the BUSINESS STANDARD, is by TCA Srinivasa-Raghavan ( It says:

The fourth review appeared in the HINDUSTAN TIMES -- It's by Pramit Pal Chaudhuri. This review (scanned) can be read at


Ram Narayanan
US-India Friendship 


PS: The 460 page book is priced $39.95. However, it's being offered at a promotional sale price of $31.95 (20% discount), free shipping. To take advantage of the promotional price, the number to call is 1 800 818 7243 or visit and quote N060910.             
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