Ayya's Accounts: A Ledger Of Hope In Modern India

Paperback | March 17, 2014

byAnand Pandian, M. P. MariappanAfterword byVeena Das

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Ayya's Accounts explores the life of an ordinary man-orphan, refugee, shopkeeper, and grandfather-during a century of tremendous hope and upheaval. Born in colonial India into a despised caste of former tree climbers, Ayya lost his mother as a child and came of age in a small town in lowland Burma. Forced to flee at the outbreak of World War II, he made a treacherous 1,700-mile journey by foot, boat, bullock cart, and rail back to southern India. Becoming a successful fruit merchant, Ayya educated and eventually settled many of his descendants in the United States. Luck, nerve, subterfuge, and sorrow all have their place along the precarious route of his advancement. Emerging out of tales told to his American grandson, Ayya's Accounts embodies a simple faith-that the story of a place as large and complex as modern India can be told through the life of a single individual.

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Ayya's Accounts explores the life of an ordinary man-orphan, refugee, shopkeeper, and grandfather-during a century of tremendous hope and upheaval. Born in colonial India into a despised caste of former tree climbers, Ayya lost his mother as a child and came of age in a small town in lowland Burma. Forced to flee at the outbreak of Wor...

Anand Pandian is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. He is author of Crooked Stalks: Cultivating Virtue in South India, co-editor of Ethical Life in South Asia (IUP, 2011) and Race, Nature, and the Politics of Difference, and a contributor to Everyday Life in South Asia (IUP, 2010).M. P. Mariappan (1919-201...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 17, 2014Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253012503

ISBN - 13:9780253012500

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Table of Contents

Preface

1. A Century of Experience
2. In Some Village, Somewhere
3. Taj Malabar Hotel, 2005
4. Things I Didn't Know I'd Lost
5. Pudur, 2012
6. A Decade in Burma
7. Okpo, 1940
8. When the War Came
9. Kovilpatti, 1946
10. A New Life at Home
11. Victoria Studio, 1949
12. Dealing Cloth in a Time of War
13. Dindigul, 1951
14. A Foothold in Madurai
15. Gopal Studio, 1953
16. A Shop of My Own
17. Madurai Fruit Merchants Association, 1960
18. Branches in Many Directions
19. Norwalk, 1974
20. Between Madurai and America
21. Madurai, 1992
22. What Comes Will Come
23. Oakland, 1997
24. Burma, Once Again
25. Okpo, 2002
26. Giving and Taking
27. Listening to My Grandfather
Afterword \ Veena Das
Acknowledgments

Notes
Bibliography

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"Written elegantly, translated eloquently, Ayya's Accounts is an absorbing read. Pandian's conviction that the history of modern India might be read through an individual is proven through this book: following Ayya, his times and his extended family we learn of many vital issues in South Asian history, culture and diaspora. This promises to also be a good book for classroom adoption, appealing to the imaginations of students at all levels and grounding larger abstractions in vividly lived, emotionally resonant particulars." -Kirin Narayan, Postcolonial Studies