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If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai

If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai

A Conducted Tour Of India

Srinath Perur
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This delightful travelogue around ten conducted tours is full of richexperiences: hanging on to a camel in the Thar, rediscovering music on thetrail of Kabir, joining thousands on an ancient pilgrimage in Maharashtra,crossing living root bridges near Cherrapunji, and more.As much about people as places, the book is also a reflection on thenature of popular travel today marked by the packaging of experiences,the formation of tourist economies and compulsive picture-taking. Howthis influences tourists comes through vividly: in their creating a ‘mini-India’ in a bus, while racing through treasured sights in Europe; in theirperfunctory devotion while hopping from temple to temple in Tamil Nadu;in their ‘enjoying’ with sex workers far away from home.Deeply felt, ironic, and often comic, the book entertains and enlightens,and becomes an idiosyncratic portrait of India and her people.

Imprint: India Viking

Published: Dec/2013

ISBN: 9780670087013

Length : 296 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai

A Conducted Tour Of India

Srinath Perur

This delightful travelogue around ten conducted tours is full of richexperiences: hanging on to a camel in the Thar, rediscovering music on thetrail of Kabir, joining thousands on an ancient pilgrimage in Maharashtra,crossing living root bridges near Cherrapunji, and more.As much about people as places, the book is also a reflection on thenature of popular travel today marked by the packaging of experiences,the formation of tourist economies and compulsive picture-taking. Howthis influences tourists comes through vividly: in their creating a ‘mini-India’ in a bus, while racing through treasured sights in Europe; in theirperfunctory devotion while hopping from temple to temple in Tamil Nadu;in their ‘enjoying’ with sex workers far away from home.Deeply felt, ironic, and often comic, the book entertains and enlightens,and becomes an idiosyncratic portrait of India and her people.

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Srinath Perur

SRINATH PERUR writes about science, travel and books among other things and translates from Kannada to English. He is the author of the travelogue If It's Monday It Must Be Madurai and the translator of This Life at Play and Ghachar Ghochar.

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