This Is A Free Forum Lecture
When: Oct 17th 2010 4pm-6pm
Where: India Community Center, 200, Los Coches Rd, Milpitas, CA
Dilip D’Souza : “Roadrunner Yatra: Writing across America”
He has won several awards for his writing, including the Statesman Rural Reporting award and the Outlook/Picador nonfiction prize. He has published three books, a monograph of essays on patriotism, and has contributed to a number of anthologies. His most recent book is “Roadrunner: An Indian Quest in America”.Dilip lives in Bombay with his wife Vibha and children Sahir and Surabhi. He misses his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Shaka.
HarperCollins India, 2009What do we learn when one great democracy looks at another? Alexis de Tocqueville’s seminal Democracy in America answered that question in the 1800s. Today, India is the world’s other great democracy, and maybe the answers are different.
Through stories large and small, this book shows us America as refracted through the eyes of an Indian who is critical but not intolerant, understanding but not starry-eyed. From gawking at wall murals by German World War II POWs in Texas to getting to know the Bikers for Christ at the annual bike carnival in Sturgis, from charting the history of immigrant Icelanders to driving a fire truck in a quiet mountain town, the author travels American roads, discovering old cultures and new concerns in one of the most revered and reviled nations in the world today.
More importantly, he explores the lessons in that process, for India and for thoughtful readers everywhere, as he searches for meaning and nuance in ideas like patriotism and being liberal, in a country’s sense of self.
Passionate and perceptive, wry and empathetic, this book is ultimately about what it means to belong. Wherever you are.
Reviews:1) Sumana Mukherjee in Mint liked it: http://u.nu/3gxg4
2) Sanjay Sipahimalani in Tehelka was relatively critical: http://u.nu/48xg4
3) Pramod Nayar liked it, writing for DNA (Feb 28): http://u.nu/8tss6
4) Girija Sankar had an appreciative review in “Khabar”: http://u.nu/53neb
5) Kankana Basu, I think, best captured what I had in mind for the book. Her review was truncated in print, but the full version is here: http://is.gd/fzayZ