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In the Kacch: A Memoir of Love and Place Paperback – Picture Book, December 23, 2014
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This personal narrative about life in a remote desert region of western India tells of how love of place and love of person find their equilibrium in a world far removed from modernity. Yet this small, distant land of kingship and pastoral life is rapidly being eroded by the new India of commerce and industrialization. The author describes how an ancient society is transformed by the culture of consumption where the lyrical beauty of balance, exchange and loyalty is translated into a single market economy. The people and places of post-Partition Kacch, where even the land and value systems of a lately independent India now appear in a nostalgic light, are described in detail. This is a record of private emotion and physical terrain, of traditions and of profound social practice.
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Kevin McGrath is an associate of the Department of South Asian Studies and poet in residence at Lowell House, Harvard University. McGrath lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Publisher : McFarland & Company (December 23, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 232 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0786496533
- ISBN-13 : 978-0786496532
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.46 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,568,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #787 in Historical India & South Asia Biographies
- #2,246 in Ecotourism Travel Guides
- #3,776 in Environmental Policy
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 15, 2016
Dr. McGrath at his best. Even as a fourteen year old I can say this book is not only well written but catches the essence of a wonderful place. Awesome book
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 7, 2015
A mesmerizing story that captures the heart and adeptly transports the mind to the distant land of Kacch, India. Written in a style and language reflective of the author's literary brilliance, our senses easily wrap around every experience as if our own. 'In the Kacch' is a journey well worth taking for those wishing to travel vicariously by means of the printed page.
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