Following Fish - Travels Around the Indian Coast

Following Fish - Travels Around the Indian Coast (English, Paperback, Samanth Subramanian)

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Following Fish - Travels Around the Indian Coast  (English, Paperback, Samanth Subramanian)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • ISBN: 9780143064473, 0143064479
    • Edition: 2010
    • Pages: 200
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    The coasts of India have two very popular things in common: fish and fishing. Both are very crucial to the people of the coast and have even found their place in culture, food, sport, society, history and commerce. To separate the coast from fish and fishing is unimaginable as they go hand in hand. Following Fish is a book that calls out to the lovers of the sea and discusses the rich resources that it has provided us.

    Summary of the Book

    The book is a collection of nine essays that sum up the author’s rich journalistic investigations on the benefits and impact of the coastal areas. Fishermen have contributed to economy, health and society in many ways. Some of them are: the famous fish treatment for asthmatic patients, the preparation and process of eating West Bengal’s hilsa, the ancient art of building fishing boats in Gujarat, the delicious cuisine and toddy shops of Kerala, the food and lives of the people who first came to Mumbai, the interesting history of the age old Catholic fishing community in Tamil Nadu, and the hunt for the fastest fish near Goa. During his travels, Subramanian has seen how Indian coastal societies have accepted and been influenced by cosmopolitan and modern qualities. He has observed as fishermen have left their traditional duties and turned the craft of fishing into something that is only done for business. He has also noticed the deteriorating condition of the waters and beaches due to excessive fishing. This book is about adventure and discovery as much as it is about nostalgia and loss.

    About Samanth Subramanian

    Samanth Subramanian is a journalist by circumstance and choice. He obtained an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in International Relations from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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    • 2010
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    • Samanth Subramanian
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    • First by circumstance and subsequently by choice, Samanth Subramanian is a journalist. He studied journalism at Pennsylvania State University and international relations at Columbia University. By preference, he has gravitated towards the long-form, narrative version of journalismwaning today, but still rewarding and revealing to both writers and readers. He has written, among other publications, for Mint, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Foreign Affairs, The National and The Hindu. This is his first book.
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    5

    Following Fish from kolkatta to Gujrat

    A very nice travelogue around the indian coast line and very well written.The journey starts from Kolkatta to Gujrat through Orissa,Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Bombay and Goa.

    It not only captures the lifestyle of the people living in the coastal regions but also the history, culture, recipes and tradition associated with them.

    It also touch upon the current situation of the fish business and degradation of fish (size,no. and quality) due to accessive fishing by the greedy fishermen and o...
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    Rishi Girdhar

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    A good Indian Travel Book

    Insightful travels across the coastal regions of India, full of interesting encounters, delicious fishes and the struggles of the fisher folk of India.

    Full of tit bits and trivia about a lot of places. Have to try some of the dishes mentioned. (It is not a book about food though).

    The author is apt in his descriptions, neither too grand nor too pragmatic. It is very refreshing to read about Indian places from an Indian author.
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    Abhishek Kona

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    Has its moments but is overall disappointing

    I bought this book after reading an excerpt in the Caravan, which I loved. But I am very unsatisfied after reading it.

    I don't get the one-story-per-state format. Is the author interested in telling us stories of his journey or checking items off an itinerary? Several of the essays are actually very good but there is no unifying theme. Sure, there doesn't have to be, but some pieces (like the one on the fish medicine and Goan tourism) sound more journalistic than I'd like from a book that ca...
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    Karthik Rajkumar

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    Don't expect Indian fish recipes

    This is a travelogue and not a recipe book. I think the writer has done a great job in presenting the distinctive taste, aroma and flavour of every coastal place with beautiful drama. Its a great read if you want to hear stories of the most quaint places along the Indian coastline.
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    Tapashi Devchoudhury

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    Nine essays...

    Nine essays of travels around the Indian coast.

    Samanth's writing is so easy to read, that I am really happy to have picked up this book, recommended to me as it was by a senior colleague who loves his fish.

    His essays covers the western coast of India in 6 of the 9 essays. Personally, I would have loved to have read more of the experiences from the eastern coast too... from places like Machilipatanam, etched into my 12 year old mind because of a devastating cyclone in 1977, of how they de...
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    Ravinder Mandayam

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    Loved every minute

    Makes you want to pack up and go travelling. My tummy rumbling and mouth watering for the duration of the book - be prepared! Easy and fun read. The magic of the indian ocean gorgeously captured. One of my favourite new indian authors!
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    Tina mehta

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    Too Boring!!

    Do not trust the Indian media to be unbiased when it comes to reviewing fellow journalist's works; I bought the book reading a few good reviews expecting it to be an entertaining travelogue about a writer at large when he visits different Indian costs; it is anything but that; the book is too slow; one expects insights about the places he visits but they are missing; the writing is terrible; there are a few interesting anecdotes but it is too boring ; it takes much much effort to plod through...
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    Ruchik Doshi

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    Fantastic read!

    This is a wonderful romp through fish country for all lovers of the piscine cuisine. The essays are insightful, witty and full of an enthusiasm that will infect even non fish eaters. The author travels around India's long coastline, visiting fishing communities and tasting their dishes. Samanth Subramanian's book is informative and a great example of writing that combines the best of food and travel.
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    Pooja Pillai

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    Highly recommended

    Sales person is very good. .... keep it up flipkart. ...
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    Nagalla Lakshmana Rao

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    Readable

    I found the description of the book as "A stunning debut by a hugely gifted writer" by Ramachandra Guha (on the cover) an exaggeration. It is readable, and that is all. The humour appears forced and the literary allusions often unnecessary. The writer is probably a scholar, but I do not feel that much learning is needed for this type of book.
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    A P ABRAHAM Abraham

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