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 ( http://www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=100906114336 ). It says, in part:


A second review has appeared in THE INDIAN EXPRESS -- It's by Pratap Bhanu Mehta (
http://indianexpress.com/story/13281.html ). An excerpt:


The third review, published in the BUSINESS STANDARD, is by TCA Srinivasa-Raghavan (
http://www.business-standard.com/lifeleisure/storypage.php?tab=r&autono=264062&subLeft=6&leftnm=5). It says:



The fourth review appeared in the HINDUSTAN TIMES -- It's by Pramit Pal Chaudhuri. This review (scanned) can be read at  http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/artMailDisp.aspx?article=29_10_2006_016_003&typ=1&pub=47

Cheers,

Ram Narayanan
US-India Friendship 

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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  http://www.sagepub.com/gould and quote N060910.             
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