Chasing the Rainbow: Growing up in an India Village

Paperback | December 1, 2009

byManoj Das

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This collection of memoirs recounts the author's childhood experiences in the quiet and supine India of villages. The Indian village in the first half of the last century was not a fairy tale world, as numerous accounts of human misery set against its backdrop have testified over the years,but it was still a world where a child could run across a green meadow studded with palm trees, dreaming of catching the end of a huge rainbow spanning the sky.Set in Sankhari, the author's village by the sea in Orissa, the reminiscences are imbued with a childlike sense of wonder: the dreaded butcher thus turns out to be messenger from a goddess, while a princely exterior hides a hapless vagrant. Chasing the Rainbow is a homage to a way of life that wasuntil recently so real. This book will not only appeal to readers nostalgic for a bygone world, but will also serve as an invaluable record of village life in early twentieth-century India.

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This collection of memoirs recounts the author's childhood experiences in the quiet and supine India of villages. The Indian village in the first half of the last century was not a fairy tale world, as numerous accounts of human misery set against its backdrop have testified over the years,but it was still a world where a child could r...

Manoj Das is one of the foremost bilingual authors writing in English and Oriya. The Sahitya Akademi has conferred on him its highest honour - the Fellowship - which, according to its constitution is 'reserved for immortals in literature'. He is currently Professor of English at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondich...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.07 inPublished:December 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198065213

ISBN - 13:9780198065210

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PrefaceA Village by the SeaAn Evening with WooThe CycloneTwo Nights to RememberA Twilight EncounterThe Forgotten FragranceFlames Without and Flames WithinMeeting a 'Crown Prince'Mystery of the Missing ToesThe Repentant DeityThe One Left BehindThe World beyond the RiverA Crashing Bolt from the BlueThe Tiger of the GoddessThe Last SacrificeMurder Atop a TreeThe LunaticBefriending the DangerousTwo GrandfathersThe Calcutta AdventureThe Invisible RadhaThe Lost World of the Little RajasLove StoriesSome Early TeachersThe Red Red SignatureDescent of Freedom on a Sandy StretchThe Tree is DeadThe Big Boss of the Thousand Islets