New PDF release: Calcutta: Two Years in the City

By Amit Chaudhuri

ISBN-10: 0307454665

ISBN-13: 9780307454669

During this vividly drawn and deeply own portrait, acclaimed novelist Amit Chaudhuri chronicles the 2 years he spent revisiting Calcutta, town of his birth.  A spell binding narrative, the e-book takes readers into the center of a city really proof against the currents of globalization. relocating in the course of the city’s bright avenues and derelict alleyways, Chaudhuri introduces us to the homeless and the excessive society, describes its structure and foodstuff, its sounds and scents, and its prior and current politics. With infrequent candor and readability, he combines memoir, reportage, and historical past to rouse all that's so much specific and awesome concerning the city—and to give an explanation for his personal passionate attachment to where and its people. 

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He demonstrates the extent to which disputes between petty kingdoms in the region drew in imperial forces, and the extent to which the tribes of the Tibetan marches were able to resist forces foreign to their precipitous terrain. In the initial conflict, with local forces ensconced in numerous stone towers that proved virtually impregnable to the technology available to the imperial forces, the Gyarong kingdom proved unassailable. 22 INTRODUCTION At the second attempt, however, when fighting again broke out in the region, the Manchu canons proved sufficient to give the imperial forces victory.

To consider only the wider regional histories: western Tibet retained an independent identity down to the seventeenth century; Amdo remained largely outside of central Tibetan political control throughout; 27 and Kham has retained its own specific identity down to the present day. Even the long-standing rivalry of the central Tibetan provinces of D and Tsang seems to have continued, manifesting in the later centuries as rivalry between the Dalai and Panchen Lamas or their courts. It was therefore a millennium of contested political authority.

C. Heesterman (Leiden: Brill, 1992), pp. 275308. E. Lo Bue, 'Iconographic Sources and lconometric Literature in Tibetan and Himalayan Art', in T. ), Indo-Tibetan Studies: Papers in Honour and Appreciation of Professor David L. Snellgrove's Contribution to Indo-Tibetan Studies, Buddhica Britannica series continua II (Tring, UK: Institute of Buddhist Studies, 1990), p. 177. A point that Toni Huber has emphasized; see T. Huber, The Cult of Pure Crystal Mountain: Popular Pilgrimage and Visionary Landscape in Southeast Tibet (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).

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