Excerpt from 'No Full Stops in India', 1992....
|Title||:||Ram Chander's Story|
|Number of Pages||:||59 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Ram Chander's Story Reviews
I read this in one sitting tonight. I went to the barbershop and had a haircut, hair dye and hair spa. I read while those are being done and I finished this book. Too bad the barbed did not massage my back. He was probably thinking that I did not want my reading to be disturbed.This small Penguin 60s book is about Ram Chandler an Indian house help who belongs to the lowest caste in India. The narrator is a British national, his master. The setting was during the time when India was under the power of England. The plot basically centers on the wedding of Chandler that was witness by his master. The most interesting line for me: "In Britain, you marry the woman you love. Here in India, we love the woman we marry."I have not seen a traditional Indian wedding. The description in this book is so vivid, the wedding ceremony is full of things symbolizing good things for the couple. The Catholic wedding is something similar but an Indian wedding is more connected with nature rather than symbols related to church or faith.This is an okay book for me. Nothing special but nothing to be despised about. Just enough for me to be entertained while the barber was doing my hair. I should get the other books in this Penguin 60s.
Mark Tully was born in India and has stayed and worked there as journalist, first for the BBC, later freelance. In No full stops in India, of which this Penguin 60 volume is an excerpt, he describes his experiences of living there. The excerpt deals with his sweeper, Ram Chander, his background, history and period of working for Tully and his family. Tully is aware of being an outsider, observing a complex, ancient, highly structured society from the point of view of the British. He probably understands and knows it better than most, having lived there so long, yet he is still often in a position where he does not really know how to act or react, whether his involvement or intentions are beneficial to the people around him. This honest stance, which sometimes shows Tully to be slightly critical of or irritated with certain events or encounters, makes his finely observed narrative more believable than something similar from an author who does not realise s/he is out of depth. Tully contributes to the issue of colonial presence, but does not pretend to be a member of a group with messianic effect upon underlings. It is this honesty which makes his account palatable.Mark Tully gee nie voor om alles omtrent die komplekse Indiese samelewing te begryp nie, al is hy daar gebore en getoë. In hierdie vertelling deel hy die leser heelwat mee omtrent Ram Chandler, 'n veër van 'n lae kaste wat baie jare vir hom gewerk het. Tully se fyn waarneming en sy eerlikheid omtrent sy buitestaanderskap, verder gekompliseer weens sy versigtigheid om nie neerbuigend teenoor sy bediende te wees nie, lei daartoe dat hy 'n interessante bydrae kan lewer tot die post-koloniale diskoers.
A nice quick read and introduction to a new author for me.
Interesting story about a British citizen's Indian Servant with most of it being an Indian Wedding.