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by Jonah Blank


Arrow of the Blue- Skinned God epub

ISBN: 0140283153

ISBN13: 978-0140283150

Author: Jonah Blank

Category: Travel

Subcategory: Asia

Language: English

Publisher: South Asia Books; 1 edition (June 1998)

Pages: 350 pages

ePUB book: 1138 kb

FB2 book: 1875 kb

Rating: 4.1

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Arrow of the Blue-Skinned. has been added to your Cart. This is a wonderful book about the travel experiences of a young Harvard scholar in South Asia and how they evoked or resonated with certain episodes of the Ramayana

Arrow of the Blue-Skinned. This is a wonderful book about the travel experiences of a young Harvard scholar in South Asia and how they evoked or resonated with certain episodes of the Ramayana. In one way or another the Ramayana has had an immense influence on South Asian civilization (as well on that of . Asia) so it was interesting to see how Blank brought together, and exposed as timeless, so many of the epic's themes. This is a excellent introduction to India.

Quite possibly the most perceptive book that I have come across on India since the British Raj ended. - Pranay Gupte, The Washington Post.

In Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God, anthropologist and journalist Jonah Blank gives a new perspective to this Hindu classic - retelling the ancient tale while following the course of Rama's journey The old epic Ramayana chronicles Lord Rama's physical voyage from one end of the Indian subcontinent to the other and his spiritual voyage from Man. to Go. Quite possibly the most perceptive book that I have come across on India since the British Raj ended. What Hollywood attempted on the big screen with casts of thousands in Gandhi and A Passage to India, Jonah Blank has achieved in 350 stylistically rich pages.

In Jonah Blank's important, myth-shattering book, the West gets its first look at the Daudi Bohras, a unique Muslim denomination who have found . Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God: Retracing the Ramayana through India (1990).

In Jonah Blank's important, myth-shattering book, the West gets its first look at the Daudi Bohras, a unique Muslim denomination who have found the core of their religious beliefs largely compatible with modern ideology. Combining orthodox Muslim prayer, dress, and practice with secular education, relative gender equality, and Internet use, this community serves as a surprising reminder that the central values of "modernity" are hardly limited to the west. Mullahs on the Mainframe: Islam and Modernity Among The Daudi Bohras (2002).

Jonah Blank's book deserves to be in print. blank does what few westerners do well: present a balanced portrayal of the distinguished history of a modern-day eastern country. I can't find it anywhere. I read it years ago and it spurred a great love for the Ramayana, and for India, but then I gave away my copy little suspecting it would be lost forever. Arrow of the Blue-skinned God is a classic. It is a book I will always remember, and hopefully someday I'll get to read it again. at times, blank glosses over subjects, but broadly-speaking, it is an exceptional analysis of india through the ramayana. an absolute must-read for anyone with an interest in contemporary india.

Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Arrow of the Blue-skinned God: Retracing the . Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd ISBN 13: 9780671712112.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd ISBN 13: 9780671712112. Title: Arrow of the Blue-skinned God: Retracing the Ramayana Through India Item Condition: used item in a very good condition. Used-like N : The book pretty much look like a new book. Read full description. See details and exclusions.

Vālmīki, Rāma (Hindu deity), Hindu shrines, Hinduism. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Gutierres on August 11, 2011.

Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God is quite possibly the most perceptive book that I have come across on India since the British Raj ended 45 years ago. Jonah Blank’s extraordinary book is timely, and I dare say, invaluable. Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God is simply splendid. This informative and entertaining book is something to be thankful for. -The New York Times. Blank writes beautifully and taps into India’s elusive, indestructible soul with a clarity few writers attain.

Jonah Blank is an American author, journalist and foreign policy expert . Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God: Retracing the Ramayana through India (1990)

Jonah Blank is an American author, journalist and foreign policy expert, specializing in the culture, history and affairs of the Indian subcontinent. YouTube Encyclopedic.

The old epic Ramayana chronicles Lord Rama's physical voyage from one end of the Indian subcontinent to the other and his spiritual voyage from Man to God. In Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God, anthropologist and journalist Jonah Blank gives a new perspective to this Hindu classic - retelling the ancient tale while following the course of Rama's journey through present-day India and Sri Lanka

Paper Book (adult), 2000. But perhaps I was just too impatient to see clearly

Paper Book (adult), 2000. But perhaps I was just too impatient to see clearly. In his Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God, Jonah Blank has managed, in delightful prose, to capture all the epic qualities as well as all the character traits and flaws and jokes that I remember loving as a kid, all while using Valmiki as his source. Blank has the advantage, of course, of being able to read Sanskrit! At the opening of each of his chapters, Blank "translates" a section of Valmiki's poem with an eye to a modern American sense of character, dialog, plot and pacing.

For 3,000 years, India has told the epic tale of the blue-skinned man-god Rama's journey across its timeless land; this unique travel book retraces his steps and retells his story in a vivid portrait of India today.
I found this book to be a beautifully written travel journal that allowed me to walk through India physically, culturally, and spiritually. The way the author wove myth and meaning into his adventures was an invitation for the reader to do the same - not just with the book itself, but with a reader's own life, own encounters, and own adventures.
(I had a similar experience when reading Kidd's "Traveling with Pomegranates," so probably just really appreciate these types of books in general). While there are pieces that are dated, and expose the author as a young traveler, I did not find this distracting. It actually, in my opinion, lends charm and authenticity to the narrative - fitting for the epic journey genre that is played out. Overall, the book was a real delight . . . it's not a quick read, nor a beach read, so pick it up when you want to dig in to a substantive read that will stick with you.
I was first tuned into Jonah Blank through the Travelers' Tales of India anthology. Reading his hilarious account of discovering that a poorly functioning Delhi airport clock was in fact manually operated, I expected more of the same in this book. While there are more of these entertaining cross-cultural discoveries throughout, this overly ambitious book addresses what you'd expect from a naïve twenty-something writer, covering the broadest of all philosophical topics- with chapter titles including "Rites," "Fate," "Caste," "War," and "Love." The scary thing is that he succeeds, displaying a remarkable ability to grasp complex issues.

This work is held together with a strong narrative thread. Beginning each chapter by retelling a passage from the Ramayana, he then applies this theme to modern Indian culture, and compares this with life in America. Despite a reflexive defensiveness of American culture and government, he portrays a deeply nuanced understanding of the complexities of Indian traditions as they clash with modernity. For example, he dispels any notion that Hindu fatalism is the same thing as passivity. Unlike Christianity, you can't just pray for salvation in Hinduism; you have to earn it and change yourself to adapt to an unchanging world. In a later chapter, he credits Hinduism's adaptability to the well-educated elite's acceptance of metaphorical (rather than literal) interpretation of the Vedas, and credits Sikhism's sustainability to its openness that the Gods of all religions are really different manifestations of the same entity.

In his chapter on love, he respects the value of an arranged marriage in offering stability in a hard peasant life, acknowledges the potential rewards of society's increasing acceptance of the risk of marriage for love, but listens to an individual who swears the happiest people he knows are the ones who arranged marriage through a matchmaker.

Traveling to India is a life-changing experience in itself. This book is one of the most articulate reflections I've seen on what that experience can be like.
This is an excellent writing of Ramayan and the period of 90s. I was a school going kid in 80-90s and vividly remember most of the events Jonah covered in this book. At a time it felt like the author was taking me back to my childhood. Some of the interpretation of the events I don’t agree with him but I can confidently say this was very honest effort to know/explain India and Ramayan from grassroots. It is not possible without toiling thru inconveniences in India. It is not a small feat and I salute the author for it.
I found chapter on Race most interesting. Highly recommended.
The very best sort of travel writing. In search of the spirit of one of India's great epics, the Ramayana, Blank travels the length and breadth of the subcontinent with eyes wide open to everything different and new. His experiences are woven with history and explorations of Prince Rama's myth. Very informative and told in wonderful prose.
It has a lot of elements- travel writing,history, interviews with a wide cross-section of the contemporary Indian society and using the Ramayana as a guide a lot on Indian philosophy and religion, naturally concentrating on Hinduism and its meaning. I liked that he used his journalistic skill and tried to be as impartial as possible. Enjoyed it a lot!
This is a wonderful book about the travel experiences of a young Harvard scholar in South Asia and how they evoked or resonated with certain episodes of the Ramayana. In one way or another the Ramayana has had an immense influence on South Asian civilization (as well on that of S.E. Asia) so it was interesting to see how Blank brought together, and exposed as timeless, so many of the epic's themes. This is a excellent introduction to India. Highly recommended.
Well written! Wonderful introduction to Indian culture.
awesome used.

even better than brand new...