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The Butterfly Generation: A Personal Journey Into The Passions And Follies Of India's Technicolour Youth details the lifestyle of the youngsters of India aged between 25 and 35, who form nearly half of India’s population.
Summary Of The Book
The Butterfly Generation: A Personal Journey Into The Passions And Follies Of India's Technicolour Youth swings between the narrow gap of fiction and non-fiction. The focus of the main story is on Aditi, the protagonist, a girl who loves to dance, and the freedom enjoyed by her in the city. Her life in New Delhi is tracked in this book, and the behaviour of a generation refusing to submit to the old principles of living is observed.
Aditi belongs to the generation that does not approve many things about family community and religion and finds them rather suffocating and trivial. This new generation wants to start a fresh beginning.
Art is used as a weapon to fight the restrictions of the past and carve out a new life. The art forms are the rock songs, stand-up comedy shows, music videos, etc. Though of Western origin, in the present world scenario when the youth is exposed to these by the Internet, the cultural differences and distance are wiped out in an instant.
History is forgotten as well. Ideas travel very fast and are adapted to local conditions and taken advantage of. Liberal, unrestrained Indian youth, unlike China and some other countries where there is either strong resistance or other priorities, is fast embracing whatever influences that are on offer.
According to the author, India’s young Butterfly Generation is absorbing everything. Mehrotra effectively describes the rigorous cultural change in liberal India among the urban youth. There are three sections in the book. They are Wide Angle, One-On-One, and Entertain Us. Sensitive topics like drug abuse and commitment are briefly covered in the book, while preserving a constructive view.
About Palash Krishna Mehrotra
Palash Krishna Mehrotra, the author, is a prospective writer presently living in Dehradun with his grandmother.
His other popular book is Eunuch Park: Fifteen Stories of Love and Destruction.
Mehrotra was born in 1975 in Mumbai and completed his education at St Stephen’s College, New Delhi, Balliol College, Oxford, and the Delhi School of Economics. He is famous for his bold style of writing. He is the Editor of Recess: The Penguin Book Of Schooldays and also a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. He regularly writes a column for Mail Today.
|Number of Pages||272 Pages|
Alternating between the 80’s and the late 90’s, the author very well showcases the changes that liberalization bought. Reminiscing the old days with school, music choices, friendships, etc, he gets into talking about today’s lifestyle which couldn’t have been better described.
Relatable at quite a few levels, the author manages to keep your attention throughout with something there for everyone.
The only drawback, there is no solid backing for the book. It keeps drifting from one thing to another.
Would recommend reading if you are a 80’s baby, you’ll surely reminisce the Doordarshan days!
For a middle man like myself the narratives in the books are startling . It highlights the insidious westernization of our society that is occuring at all levels . The narrative on Nandu , the rickshaw driver is quite a good read . Another narrative explains the dynamics of ragging in Indian colleges . The first few chapters bring about lifestyles of the young , rebellious and the bold Indian youth . In one of the chapters the author talks about the radio program " Between the sheets " which was a great conduit for indian women to vent themselves out a few years back .
Narrated in first person, its a somewhat myopic take on the youth of our country.
Its mostly elitist in nature but some chapters are fun to read.
While it revolves around the experimental kids of metros, it does not take into account the ironsight focus of youth on our B-cities.