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It was brief, five weeks visit to England. A Passage to England is a vivid account of his delightful voyage to discovery. He has written with 'freedom to be himself', without any obligation of being informative, edifying After living all his life in India, and being very much a stay-at-home person, Nirad C Chaudhuri went abroad for the first time at the age of fifty-seven. He has written with 'freedom to be himself', without any obligation of being informative, edifying, hortatory, or even serious.
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The encyclopedic range of knowledge that he Nirad C. Among eight children of his family he was the most unfortunate. In his brothers, there were advocates, doctors, engineers and his sisters were wealthy homemakers while Nirad had to hide himself from creditors being unable even to pay for the books of which he was addicted.
As the fate was he went through many odd jobs, some of them were congruent with his literary taste and some were just because of earning a living. Yet, he never stopped his reading and writing. Chaudhary was no more unknown now.
He was compelled to take retirement from AIR All India Radio at the age of 55 without any gratuity and termination benefit. He was in a forced penury now. And thus, when he started writing in French embassy, the BBC offered him a sponsored trip to Europe of eight weeks in which five weeks were to be spent in London, in exchange of a series of talk on that country.
It was in So, it was his maiden visit to England and whatever he knew erstwhile about England was through books. Although he gave talks to BBC but after returning India he wrote this travelogue.
The book is divided in four parts among 26 chapters. Hardly less important is the fact that among all these things were a great many that I had longed to see since my boyhood.
Chaudhary says that London is historical and young at the same time. London is so big and complex that most visitors can get lost in it- physically and intellectually also. He also visited Rome and Paris and tried to go every museum and View all 4 comments.
Jul 16, Hal Brodsky rated it liked it. Somewhat dated but fascinating and well written book by an Indian Scholar visiting England for the first time.
My copy had a copywrite date in it in the 's, even though the book was first published in This led to confusion on my part. Still, the book is a time capsule, not only of post-war England, but of India as well.
Oct 18, Kitty rated it really liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Nirad C. He was born in in Kishoreganj, which today is part of Bangladesh but at that time was part of Bengal, a region of British India. In he published his most famous book, Autobiography of an Unknown Indian, a penetrating and challenging analysis of Indian history, culture and British rule. The controversial dedication to the memory of the British Empire caused a furore at the time but the book is now considered a classic work of Indian literature.
Litt from the University of Oxford; the University of Viswa Bharati also awarded him Deshikottama, its highest honorary degree. A passionate admirer of western culture, he first visited England in , a visit which inspired his book Passage to England. He decided to make his home in Oxford in when he was over seventy. He was a familiar and arresting sight out and about in Oxford, a diminutive figure, always impeccably dressed in a three-piece suit, although he wore Indian attire at home.
He wrote his last book Three Horsemen of the New Apocalypse only a year before his death at the age of nearly Books by Nirad C. Related Articles. We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our list, Read more Trivia About A Passage to England. No trivia or quizzes yet. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
A Passage to England
Chaudhuri authored numerous works in English and Bengali. His oeuvre provides a magisterial appraisal of the histories and cultures of India, especially in the context of British colonialism in the 19th and 20th centuries. Chaudhuri is best known for The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian , published in Over the course of his literary career, he received numerous accolades for his writing. His parents were liberal middle-class Hindus who belonged to the Brahmo Samaj movement. Chaudhuri was educated in Kishorganj and Kolkata then, Calcutta. Following this, he attended Scottish Church College, Calcutta , where he studied history as his undergraduate major.
Nirad C. Chaudhuri
A convinced homebody, he set out at the age of fifty-seven to spend eight weeks in Europe, five of these in London. Despite the wry association of the title with Forster's classic on India, this reverse, of the man up from the provinces to see the England, is more kin to our own Washington Irving. The author is constantly surprised, first because he was admonished not to expect England to live up to its literature -- for he was apt to see life through literature -- and then found that England indeed confirmed rather than destroyed the dream. He was surprised at the absence of people en masse, at the absence indeed of women he could consider beautiful, at the appearance of Churchill in the House of Commons, at the effect of a climate that revealed to him for the first time the third dimension and of the weather that he found quite predictable, though his hosts seemed never to accustom themselves to it. He is alert to national dangers -- to the leveling effect of the Welfare State, a state of British conscience rather than economics, he thinks, and to a present interest in culture that actually balks civilization. In the chinks between encounters come thoughts on Indian versus English outlooks on love, on life and death
A PASSAGE TO ENGLAND