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An American in Hyderabad: Life in India in the 1970s


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What was India like before globalisation, call centres, and Bollywood?  This author moved to India in 1976 and lived there for a number of years.  This book describes what it was like to live, study, and marry there.


 Preface    
1.  No Time, No Space, No Connection   1
2.  How Did I Get Here?   3
3.  First Glimpses of India   13
4.  The Twin Cities   17
5.  Seetha Devi   25
6.  The Auto Ride   31
7.  Finding a Guru   35
8.  Shaik Dawood Khan   41
9.  Settling In - The Kirtane Household   47
10.  My Training   57
11.  Names   65
12.  What's the Sex of a Banana?   69
13.  My Frame of Mind   73
14.  A typical Day   75
15.  Sleep   85
16.  Religion   87
17.  Inter-Religious Competition   95
18.  Picture Time   97
19.  Caste and Community   99
20.  Tabla Dukaan   103
21.  Sickness   105
22.  The Game of Customs   107
23.  All Things Foreign   113
24.  Meena Alexander   115
25.  Respect, Etiquette, and Social Position   117
26.  Hygiene   127
27.  Grooming   133
28.  Lalitha's Doorstep   137
29.  Grand Hotel   141
30.  The Paanwalla   147
31.  Sports   149
32.  Hyderabadi Food   153
33.  Alcohol   159
34.  Tobacco   165
35.  Drugs   169
36.  The Hippie Trail   175
37.  Films and Radio   177
38.  Quietude of The Tree   183
39.  Sauda Baazi   185
40.  Politics of Disruption   187
41.  Music Festival   191
42.  Performance   201
43.  Socialising   205
44.  Communalism   209
45.  Jume'raat Epiphany   215
46.  Rameeza Bee   219
47.  The Emergency   223
48.  Indian National Identity   229
49.  Relationships   235
50.  A Chilly Morning   239
51.  Ram's Tea Party   243
52.  Hindu Marriage   251
53.  Finding a Wife   259
54.  Horoscope   261
55.  Dowry   265
56.  Chandrakantha   269
57.  Married Life   277
58.  The Apostate   287
59.  Pilgrimage   291
60.  Goodbye to India   293
  Epilogue   295
  Glossary   301

 

 

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