In this collection of essays, profiles and reportage, Ian Jack explores a wide and unlikely range of subjects, which he encountered in more than thirty years of reporting from India and its subcontinental neighbours.
Some of the India he describes has vanished: the drift of coal smoke from passenger trains, tea drunk from clay kulhads at country junctions. Some of it remains obscure: Orwells birthplace in Motihari, the Anglo- Indian search for a homeland in McCluskiegunge. Some of it perseveres: the NehruGandhis, the distress, the politics, and the hospitality. The choice is eclectic: he writes about G.D. Birla and river steamers on the one hand, and Benazir Bhutto and railway accidents on the other. But every piece in this selection is informed by the authors acute insights and superb eye for detail, expressed in luminous, evocative prose.
About the Author Ian Jack edited Granta from 1995 to 2007, and before that the Independent on Sunday. His several awards for journalism include Reporter of the Year and Editor of the Year. He now writes a column for the Guardian and lives with his family in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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Mofussil refers to the regions in India which were outside the three East India company capitals.
As you read, in every sentence you will be able to smell the streets described. It's like walking through all those places on your own. Ian Jack does not tell anything new about India. Everything that he says is always around us. I don't think many would have read or thought about them. The majority of people do not have time to do that. And for the minority, it doesn't always make a pleasant re...
An engaging collection..A fine tuned reporting from small cities of India
This book Mofussil Junction has the crackle and unpredictability of new places and unexpected situations as well as periods of quiet. This is the pattern that makes a reporter’s life, but Ian Jack brings empathy as well as distance and an unobtrusive intelligence to the business of travelling and writing.
The essays are interesting and well written. The reader gets some kind of appreciation of various aspects of life in India.
A super engaging book, you will feel the real smell of every cit...