By Pankaj Mishra
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In Temptations of the West, Pankaj Mishra brings literary authority and political perception to undergo on trips via South Asia, and considers the pressures of Western-style modernity and prosperity at the sector. starting in India, his exam takes him from the realities of Bollywood stardom, to the heritage of Jawaharlal Nehru's post-independence politics. In Kashmir, he stories at the brutal bloodbath of thirty-five Sikhs, and its interesting neighborhood aftermath. And in Tibet, he exquisitely parses the placement wherein the atheist chinese language executive has stumbled on that Tibetan Buddhism should be "packaged and offered to tourists." Temptations of the West is key studying a couple of conflicted and speedily altering quarter of the world.