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Book Title: Snakes and Ladders: Glimpses of India|
The author of the book: Gita Mehta
Date of issue: April 14th 1997
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ISBN 13: 9780385474955
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Gita Mehta is a keen critic of her homeland. In her brilliantly satirical Karma Cola she skewered the guru business and the marketing of Eastern spiritualism. In Snakes and Ladders Gita widens her net to include politics, economics, religion, and so much more. The 35 essays contained in this collection are wholly personal accounts of national events; recalling Gandhi's funeral, Gita finds her humble memories of the actual event quite different from the scenes depicted in Richard Attenborough's film, Gandhi: when she asks one of Gandhi's grandsons whether the Mahatma did indeed receive a huge military funeral as the film showed, he replies that such a ceremony did briefly take place, invented by Nehru and Mountbatten "for the record." "What record?" Gita wonders. "Soldiers? Gun carriages? For the disciple of nonviolence? ... He did not even reach his funeral pyre before his luck ran out."
Gita Mehta's lively, informative, and witty essays are an excellent introduction to the subcontinent for readers who may not be familiar with India's culture or history. Gita explains her title choice by comparing the country's fortunes with the ancient game of Snakes and Ladders: " ... it seems we Indians have vaulted over the painful stages experienced by other countries, lifted by ladders we had no right to expect. At other times we have been swallowed by the snakes of past nightmares ... " Readers of Snakes and Ladders will find themselves eagerly scaling the ladders, then sliding down the snakes' gullets in happy pursuit of Gita Mehta's perceptive portrait of India as she knows it.
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Read information about the authorGita Mehta (born in 1943) is an Indian writer and was born in Delhi in a well-known Odia family. She is the daughter of Biju Patnaik, an Indian independence activist and a Chief Minister in post-independence Odisha, then known as Orissa. Her younger brother Naveen Patnaik has been the Chief Minister of Odisha since 2000. She completed her education in India and at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
She has produced and/or directed 14 television documentaries for UK, European and US networks. During the years 1970-1971 she was a television war correspondent for the US television network NBC. Her film compilation of the Bangladesh revolution, Dateline Bangladesh, was shown in cinema theatres both in India and abroad.
Her books have been translated into 21 languages and been on the bestseller lists in Europe, the US and India. The subject of both her fiction and non-fiction is exclusively focused on India: its culture and history, and the Western perception of it. Her works reflect the insight gained through her journalistic and political background.
Gita Mehta divides her time between New York, London and New Delhi.
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