Tamarind City: Where Modern India Began

Tamarind City Where Modern India Began While in other big cities tradition stays mothballed in trunks taken out only during festivals and weddings tradition here is worn round the year This is just one of the author s many keen observati

  • Title: Tamarind City: Where Modern India Began
  • Author: Bishwanath Ghosh
  • ISBN: 9789381626337
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Paperback
  • While in other big cities tradition stays mothballed in trunks, taken out only during festivals and weddings, tradition here is worn round the year This is just one of the author s many keen observations of Chennai With mordant wit, this biography of a city spares neither half of its split personality from moody, magical Madras to bursting at the seams, tech savvy Chen While in other big cities tradition stays mothballed in trunks, taken out only during festivals and weddings, tradition here is worn round the year This is just one of the author s many keen observations of Chennai With mordant wit, this biography of a city spares neither half of its split personality from moody, magical Madras to bursting at the seams, tech savvy Chennai And, a minute into the book, the reader knows they are inseparable and Bishwanath Ghosh refuses to take sides.And yet, he tells us, while Chennai is usually known as conservative and orthodox, almost every modern institution in India from the army to the judiciary, from medicine to engineering traces its roots to Madras s Fort St George, which was built when Delhi had only just become the capital of the Mughal Empire, and Calcutta and Bombay weren t even born Today, the city once again figures prominently on the global map as India s Detroit , a manufacturing giant, and a hub of medical tourism There have been sweeping changes since pre Independent India, but even as Chennai embraces change, its people hold its age old customs and traditions close to their heart This is what makes Chennai unique, says Ghosh, the marriage of tradition and technology.Bishwanath Ghosh wears a reporter s cap and explores the city he has made his home, delving into its past, roaming its historic sites and neighbourhoods, and meeting a wide variety of people from a top vocalist to a top sexologist, from a yoga teacher to a hip transsexual, from a yesteryear film star to his own eighty five year old neighbour, from the ghosts of Clive, Wellesley, Hastings and Yale to those of Periyar and MGR, two people who redefined the political skyline of Tamil Nadu.What emerges is an evocative portrait of this unique city, drawn without reservation sometimes with humour, sometimes with irony but always with love.
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    About Author

    1. Bishwanath Ghosh is the author of Gazing at Neighbours Travels Along the Line That Partitioned India 2017 Longing, Belonging An Outsider at Home in Calcutta 2014 , and Tamarind City Where Modern India Began 2012 , which is a portrait of Madras, now known as Chennai In 2009 he wrote Chai, Chai Travels in Places Where You Stop but Never Get Off, which The Telegraph Kolkata called a delightful travelogue with a difference He has also contributed two stories to Urban Shots, a collection of short stories published in 2010.At present he is an Associate Editor with The Hindu in Chennai.


    Tamarind City: Where Modern India Began Comment

    1. It s like visiting a city and viewing it through the eyes and memories of random locals whom you happen to meet The stories are thus quite varied, because of the potpourri of people telling them, and so provide us a wonderful kaleidoscope of colours and glimpses into the heart of what makes the city.It s the story of Iyers and Iyengars, Vadagalais and the Thengalais, the Triplicane Parthasarathy temple and the Mylapore Kapaleeswara temple, kolams, the French and other nationals who have made Che [...]

    2. Last week we celebrated Madras Day, the day on which Fort St George was born, and I picked up this book for some topical reading I m not from Madras I hail from the French colonial town of Pondicherry, 3 hours south of Madras, but as work brought me here and I grew up to love history, I wanted to know something about the city I now live in.I loved this book, every bit of it Its amazingly well written and researched, and brings the author s love of the city and its people out in a dazzling narrat [...]

    3. When the likes of S.Muthiah and Narasaiah exists, it requires a lot of guts to embark on the mission of chronicling Madras But Bishwanath succeeds in his breezy, almost bloggish style of writing about Chennai and its people It has a simple narrative style and interacts with lot of popular people but whose personal side I wasn t aware of Muthiah Inclusion of Narayana Reddy, Saroja Devi was a surprise Sometimes the awe at brahminical things Carnatic music, kolam, tradition with transformation, bla [...]

    4. A thorough, thoroughly enjoyable book on Chennai From the very start, the descriptions ring true One can read the chapters at random even though there is a linear sequence The light gossipy style makes it easy to approach the historical details.A wonderful book to carry on a journey I happen to have read it on my balcony to the pitter patter of the monsoon.I look forwards to reading his other books.

    5. A good memoir of Chennai The author uncovers one by one the peculiarities of Chennai and chennai ites starting with it s history as Madraspatnam or Chennaipatnam He then goes into the origins of Dravidism and then the dilution of it by Cult figures from the Tamil Film industry He delves on the different aspects of old neighborhoods of Chennai which were once independent villages that have since been absorbed into the conurbation called Chennai.The chapter on sex and city was very well written, e [...]

    6. Tamarind City by Bishwanath Ghosh has a subtitle where modern India began As you start reading the book, you realise that it is true that modern India did start at Madraspatnam s Fort St George Elihu Yale after whom the American Yale university is named was the governor of the fort between 1687 92 Robert Clive started out as a clerk at the fort in 1774 and even attempted suicide in one of the rooms Arthur Wellesly, William Bentinck and Warren Hastings all walked through the fort on to their late [...]

    7. When Blogadda had put up this book for review I was sincerely wishing that I receive one It is about my own city Madras Madras Nalla Madras The author, Bishwanath Gosh, though a North Indian, has moved to Chennai and made its home for almost a decade now The way he has potrayed Madras and its people is a big eye opener to even a native Chennaiite like me Though my father s ancestral home still remains in Northern Madras Royapuram and my mother s home was in Triplicane, I had never taken a deeper [...]

    8. Had been wanting to read this book since almost 2 yrs, when I saw it in my cousin s table Finally when I wanted to get back to reading and needed an easy read along with a book that would mean something, I chose Tamarind City To see Madras of another time and era, is really amazing More so, when you can do so in the confines of your couch Personally, I live in a Chennai that is totally different from what the author himself is writing of which makes the journey even so interesting The book is a [...]

    9. My first legitimate travel book, so it s going to take me a while to process this satisfactorily But what I found interesting, is how non fiction, than anything else, makes you so acutely aware about the passage of time You can feel the references getting dated and see the present visibly transforming into history.Reading this book made me realize that in my head, I have two Chennais One, the city that was my summer vacation destination the magical land of Landmark and Higginbothams that was th [...]

    10. A portrait of modern and historic Chennai written by a Bengali who chose to move in here The author s passion for the city is evident in the book and the book is brilliant mostly, covering several aspects of the city in breezy chapters The first few chapters on the North and South Chennai divide, the ones on Mylapore and Triplicane are all really well done But the author chooses to digress midway to talk about personalities that he happens to meet in his life and moves away from the general them [...]

    11. This is a quick read I did not feel bored anywhere except Gemini s family description It brought back my childhood memories I felt the same way as Ghosh, when I visited T.Nagar for the first time when I was 10 years old Some of the history information is new to me I would have been happy if he had written about the industrial growth and the educational institutions and their role in the city s growth I liked the information about North Madras, Mylapore and Triplicane, reminded me of the Golu do [...]

    12. I would give this a 3.5 Great book for Madras Lovers Kalluri Saalai and Kandukondain Kandukodain are the Tamil songs, which sort of lured the author to the Tamarind City.The author has portrayed Chennai as he sees it The unassuming Chennai slowly opens up to him, and we get to know about the rich cultural heritage Chennai carries with, which is often overlooked Loved the anecdotes and his simple style of writing Sometimes it was about the people and less about Chennai Just did not appreciate de [...]

    13. I always wanted to read the other books by Biswanath Ghosh once I had read Chai Chai The author just falls short of replicating the inimitable style of Chai Chai Perhaps it s the topic Chennai however, stately is a dour subject to deal with for an entire book unlike the fleeting images in Chai Chai The book is a breezy read except for some of the interviews which drag on a bit Painstaking research combined with his conversational tone make it both a work of erudition and entertainment at the sam [...]

    14. Virtually travelled through Madras reading this book With a fluid style of narration, Ghosh manages to cover most of the issues, topics and personalities one would usually associate with Madras Clive, Wellesley, Yale, Annadurai, Karunanidhi and his bete noir, the Iyer Iyengar rivalry, Carnatic music, Medical tourism, SEZ boom name it and you or less have it What made the book endearing to me was the fact that a supposedly conservative and traditional South Indian city managed to win the heart [...]

    15. This is not only the best non fiction books I have read till date but also the one I finished reading quickly I might be biased because of my love for my hometown chennai One needn t have to be from Chennai to enjoy the book that s the best thing This book is like the perfect home made cup of hot filter coffee one can enjoy in the cool evenings of Margazhi december Jan month listening to a soul melting carnatic recital

    16. Chennai, the city I was born and where I lived for 18 years Ghosh, gave a different view on my city from n outsider s perspective Some places which I have never been to Some places I have never heard of Favourite restaurants People who I never imagined to matter this significant A brief history of Chennai.

    17. Many years ago, I found myself in Chennai on a sweltering summer morning I was there to train some engineers on a product that we were supposed to deploy on an extensive development taking place in Chennai Sweating like bricks, running fashionably late I reached the daunting sprawling office campus Seeing my state, the very calm and gentle IT guy that I was coordinating with said Madam, time for lunch let s go and have lunch and then we can start Feeling embarrassed for showing my frustration I [...]

    18. Welcome to Chennai Where modern India began A The most important lesson which the book teaches is that North India is not India , there are other parts of India as well i.e southern, Western,Eastern and Northeast.And this book talks about Chennai where every modern institution in the country be it education, engineering, medicine,the army and judiciary has its roots.B Some most important personalities who directly or indirectly influence the destiny of India have there careers started in Chennai [...]

    19. This is a good read on Chennai, it s colonial history and how it has evolved over the years All these intertwined with stories of several individuals popular and less known , who call Chennai home The stories of Chandamama Sankar and chronicler not historian S Muthiah particularly stood out As did the stories of Srimathy the yoga teacher and Sylvie the flautist Several of the colonial era names and stories were new to me, and this book has gotten me hooked and resolved to read about the city, e [...]

    20. I have never lived in Chennai But I have visited it many times, mostly to shop for clothes and jewelry or attend weddings But with my Tamil roots and many friends and relatives living there, it is a city that s always on top of my mind.Tamarind City was therefore, a read I enjoyed very much for the heart Biswanath Ghosh put into writing it There s just the right balance of fact, experiences, and musings in it and the kind of stories he has put in cover a wide spectrum, from Chennai s people and [...]

    21. This book has a comparative mix of how Chennai is and how it is seen It is a soothing read and impressive of how much research would have been done to have the details in place There were many things I hadn t known until I read this book It helped me build a relation to what Chennai was back then and how it is now The transformation seems to be inline with the time of how it has changed.

    22. Superb travelogue about Chennai from outsider and all in positive note It was inspiring in many ways that many details were new to me and surprising.

    23. This is a delightful and compassionate book about Madras from an author who can t really speak Tamil and had lived in the city for barely ten years as he wrote the book But he shows that he has gotten much deeper into the soul of Chennai than many others who were born and brought up there The narrative is good without being exceptional, but what it lacks in style is made up by the content, which keeps one absorbed, especially if you are one like me, who grew up in the city.As I read the early ch [...]

    24. Chennai , always Madras to me, is one of my favourite cities in the countryThe city has various hues and colorsPeople might call it over crowded but don t you think ,we make the crowd Some may even call it too busy, but for me Madras ,Chennai whatever you call it goes by its own swing of time that sets it apart from other cities with all its charm and sensuous beautyPredictably Ghosh starts with the history of the city but makes the reading different with his wit and humor that he adds on with t [...]

    25. Everything in life is connected to each other You start reading a book that leads you into another, that leads you into something else I have been eyeing William Dalrymple s books for quite sometime and finally took one home two weeks back The City of Djinns Engrossed in the stories of Mughal emporeors and the cities that they built, how it transformed into the present day Old and New Delhis, I almost missed the intimation from blogadda that Tamarind City is up for review To be really honest, th [...]

    26. This is a first hand account on Chennai by writer,editor Bishwanath Ghosh His experiences, observations, travel and research on Chennai as a 11 year old resident of this city has been chronicled.He has researched his subject well and visited many places around Chennai and met many people first hand to compile this book.He throws up some interesting facts about the city which I m sure many citizens or natives of Madras may be unaware of Some of them are the Royapuram railway station being the old [...]

    27. Tamarind City is an account that Madras deserves A book that justifies this city s rich culture and history.A hard job to do given that the author is a north indian who settled in Chennai.Ten million people dwell in this modern city, completely unaware of the city s roots and heritage.This book takes a comprehensive view on important aspects of the city,its people and the Tamil culture.Madras is complex being,modern development and conservative cultural habits live along side each other, unlike [...]

    28. Don t get me wrong I m hardly the kind who would try to hold on to something that slipped away But reading the early chapters of this book about the old history of Chennai, I can t help feel wrong about having forgotten so much We as a generation, for some reason, have a problem realizing that we have a rich heritage that s crying to be acknowledged And I find it pretty ironical that someone like Bishwanath Ghosh, being brought up far north, had to tell us homegrowns about what our city once was [...]

    29. Tamarind City was an absolute delight to read It is a detailed account of Chennai s growth and development as a city, highlighting numerous forgotten snippets from history, replete with personal anecdotes and memories Ghosh wears a reporter s cap and explores the city he has made his home What you and me read is a splendid tale of Chennai s past and present It almost serves as a guidebook of sorts for the city, what to do, what to see, et al It is well researched, enlightening and very informati [...]

    30. A book named Tamarind City on Chennai written by a Bengali writer was enough for curiosity You see being the Bangalorean that I am, I did read the book with one star for a book on Chennai of all places hot, hotter or hottest is only the weather like how Bishwanath points out.If I were to write a book on the people it would be cold, colder and coldest And the auto rickshaws fellows will be in the last category What changed my perception about the book was his love for the place, his way of lookin [...]

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