The rest of the book he travels around searching for a story but he never really finds one.
This book is at the standard of the best non-fiction by VS Naipaul, though I find Mishra's take on Hindu nationalism to be more accurate than the Nobel laureate's.
For a reader with no or little background, however, it is hard to see what is special or interesting about Mishra's ideas.
I just got the book and started reading it and it is very interesting.things that people go through in other countries and how they overcome it. This book is goodPublished 13 months ago by rielle
The book contains treatises on the author's travels through India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and Tibet. Pankaj Mishra provides honest, fearless reports from the areas he visits. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Danesh Zaki
Other reviewers have justly criticized the book's title and subtitle. Giving Mishra the benefit of the doubt, it is possible that the title was conjured up by the publisher, and,... Read morePublished on June 3, 2011 by dale evans
This is Mishra's weakest book so far. First, the title of the book has no relation to its content. But that would have been forgivable if the content were OK. Read morePublished on September 29, 2008 by Freefall
The title appears to derive from André Malraux's 1926 The Temptation of the West, though I'm not sure why. Read morePublished on January 11, 2008 by Sho
This travelogue/reportage is extremely well written with very deep analysis of the social forces that rule these places of geopolitical importance. Read morePublished on October 23, 2007 by Farseem Mohammedy
The author, an upper caste Indian, spends the book traveling throughout South-Asia from India to Pakistan to Nepal and Tibet. Read morePublished on December 23, 2006 by Amazon Customer
The impression of a travelogue created by the title and the blurbs is misleading. A more appropriate title would be something like: "A recent political history of the Indian... Read morePublished on December 22, 2006 by Mystic Wanderer
The impression I got from the description of the book on the book - which I picked up at a bookstore without having read any reviews - was that it would be more about culture. Read morePublished on December 5, 2006 by Helen Boyd