A MATTER OF RATS: A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF PATNA

A MATTER OF RATS: A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF PATNA (English, Hardcover, AMITAVA KUMAR)

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A MATTER OF RATS: A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF PATNA  (English, Hardcover, AMITAVA KUMAR)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: ALEPH
    • ISBN: 9789382277224, 9382277226
    • Edition: 2013
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    Any city perhaps is the most difficult to write about. The city’s structure, the history, its inhabitants, its mess, everything needs to be accounted for. Very few authors manage to bring out the essence of the city in their books. Amitava Kumar does a spectacular job of chronicling a city in his book, “A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna”.

    One might wonder what is there to write about Patna as a city. However, there is a lot more to the city and Kumar certainly makes you believe in that, once you have reached the end. Patna as a city comes alive in this book – from its rats, to within its shabby reality, to people’s perceptions of the city – all of them lend something important, written beautifully by Kumar. Every aspect of Patna is captured and that too in less than two hundred pages. Read about this city and be enthralled.

     

    Amitava Kumar’s A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna is an engaging chronicle of the city of Patna and its myriad colours, history and soul.

    Summary of the Book

    Patna, as a city, has not been much sung in the recent past in the literary circles. This book thus holds much importance as the author tries to bring out not only the Patna which has the ruins of the once Pataliputra, but also its soul and plethora of colours that still makes it an eerie and beautiful city. From the infamous rats’ saga to the surreal quintessence of the city in its residents, Patna is a city that has more than what meets the eye. Every author has a city as their muse and Amitava explains why Patna grows beyond its confines and flaws and still becomes a likeable place to live in. His perspectives and observations come out of a profound composure and immense liking for Patna.

    About Amitava Kumar

    Amitava Kumar is a renowned Indian contemporary journalist and non-fiction writer. He currently lives in Poughkeepsie, and is the Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at the Vassar College. He is the Board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop. His works of non-fiction and poetry have been published in The Nation, American Prospect, Toronto Review, Outlook, India Today, The Hindu, New Statesman and many other reputed newspapers and journals. He is also the author of A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm A Tiny Bomb, Nobody Does the Right Thing, Husband of a Fanatic and Passport Photos among other works.

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    Interesting vignets about the city!

    A book about Patna but written mostly for outsiders.It is critical of the city and its ways and simultaneously deeply sympathetic towards the city and its tumultuous history of betrayl and indifference. I only wish it was named differently!
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    1 Jun, 2017

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    Different, in a good way

    The stories in A Matter of Rats are quite disorganised, jumping from a caste system issue to a love story, but the stories are about people, mostly, and very complete, somehow, considering all the conflicting points of view occurring when understanding a situation from all points of view. For me, it could certainly have done with less caste system politics and more stories about the people, only because those are written very well. A good read, really.
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    Sagorika Sinha

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    An expatriate's journey back home and a series of unrelated, uninteresting anecdotes

    A journal masquerading as a biography. Extremely disappointing. This is my first Amitava Kumar book and I was really looking forward to the experience after reading his various pieces scattered across the web. The sub-title of the book is misleading; It should've been: An expatriate's journey back home and a series of unrelated, uninteresting anecdotes.

    Honestly, I have no idea what Kumar was trying to achieve when he started writing this because it feels more like an in-between job written...
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    Sirish Aditya

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    30 Sep, 2014

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    short but not sweet

    Short but not sweet. That's how I how this effort by Amitava Kumar. Being from the city I was looking for a bit more. And the title doesn't come across as a sum total of the effort. One IAS officer eating a meal of rat's meat is not an event enough to win a book. So the contents of the book are nothing worth mentioning about. However the narrative is well paced and crisp.
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    Rajesh Kumar

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    28 Mar, 2014

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    Lovely

    This is a must read for all those Born in Patna. Having spent my school days at St Michaels, Digha Ghat, along with Science College and PMCH, it made me all the more nostalgic.
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    ALOK JHA

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    9 Mar, 2014

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