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NOT EXACTLY SHANGRI-LA

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To Huma's dismay, It appeared as if the subdued atmosphere had even infected Timothy Curtin, who sat there mute like the rest of them, with his eyes lowered. Feeling that she had somehow helped him on the previous evening to face the responsibilities that had brought him here, She hoped he would be able to stand up for himself now growing a beard, and the skin on his face was blotchy and peeling badly, evidently the result of sitting too long in the easily underestimated Kalapur sun. It all gave him rather forlorn, out-of-place look-lile a bashful dervish who had somehow strayed onto a goverment committee. South Asian goverments,she reflected, were full of such incongruous types:poets who sat revenue boards and mystic policeman.->Martin Moir portrays the mythical land of Shangri-la in an entirely new light. Instead of being a kind of utopla located somewhere near Tibet and suffussed with light,happiness and wisdom, his Shangri-la -renamed Kalapur-is a dark and divided Himalayan society ruled by an authoritarian and illegitimate regime intent on rewriting local history and suppressing all opposition.->Kalapur's ruling clique has also adopted a distorted and highly politicised version of buddhism in order to gain credibllity.->The country is seen through the eyes of two foreign visitors, Huma, a festy young woman from Indya, and Timothy embark on a dangerous investigation into the country's recent past, and in the process deepen their own relationship.->The book's authentic feel owes a lot the author's extensive research into the customs and traditions of the Himalayan region.The novel is not only a convincing investigation into different culture; It also has its funny side. A combination of adventure story, oriental romance and pychology studyu-'Not exactly Shangri-la' offers both food for thought and an absorbing story-line.

Details of Book: NOT EXACTLY SHANGRI-LA (BSID:79070)

Book NOT EXACTLY SHANGRI-LA
Author MARTIN MOIR
ISBN 8129115468
ISBN-13 9788129115461, 978-8129115461
Binding Paperback
Publisher Rupa Publications
Publishing Date 11/01/2009
Number of Pages 264
Language English
Weight 326 grams

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Ishita February 13, 2011 review from Goodreads

nyc.... but pretty boring in some parts....

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