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Seduced by the beauty of the world : travels in India
Bloch, Don.
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Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, [2003]

Physical Description:
223 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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Includes index.
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DS414.2 .B59 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Author Notes

Iman Bijleveld and Don Bloch have worked together in various countries around the world (Kenya, Indonesia, Nigeria), particularly in the fields of leprosy, tuberculosis, and AIDS control

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Dutch anthropologist and photographer Bijlveld and American novelist Bloch (Passing Through, etc.) team up to chronicle India's people, monuments and landscapes in this pretty coffee table book. As they set out with the goal of capturing "reality in the spirit of masti, a Sanskrit word [meaning]... quiet, ecstatic surrender to the beauty around us, an infatuation with the world," the authors portray gem polishers crouching over their work in a decaying Puri building, a musician and his daughters doing an impromptu dance to welcome visitors to Jodhpur, and Sufi women honoring Allah by counting 250,000 coffee beans next to the tomb of "the great Sufi teacher who brought Islam to India." The unusually long captions serve the images well, often explaining the circumstances of and stories behind the pictures. Focusing on the more exotic aspects of Indian culture, this collection depicts a colorful India and will give curious readers a vibrant portrait of this rich, complex country. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

As novelist Bloch explains it, the Sanskrit word masti means "to drink in the world around you." Bloch and Bijleveld have done that in this vividly beautiful book celebrating the people and places of India. Anthropologist Bijleveld's collection of over 100 photographs, snapped within a three-month period, shows ordinary Indians involved in daily tasks. The richly colorful pictures lend vibrancy to Bloch's stunning text outlining the pair's travel from Calcutta to northern Maharashtra. Readers are treated to a glimpse of life in the villages of India, where events like the Chhow Dance celebrate an ancient culture. In Bombay, Bloch shows readers the modern side of India, where Bollywood idols reign and young girls are sold into prostitution by temple priests. The faces of India are as varied as its landscape. Bloch and Bijleveld capture it all in this fascinating book that would make a fine addition to any library's travel section.-Mary V. Welk, Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction: mastip. 6
Part I In the momentp. 10
1. Minding the bodyp. 12
2. The community of the bodyp. 24
Portfoliop. 31
Part II Devotionp. 80
3. Pilgrimage of the common manp. 82
4. God's bodiesp. 92
5. Who fears not the skyp. 99
6. Here are your pearlsp. 107
Portfoliop. 115
Part III Seduced by the beauty of the worldp. 160
7. The body wandersp. 162
8. After-imagesp. 169
9. The body perishablep. 176
Portfoliop. 183