By Ashis Nandy
Divided into 4 sections, this publication tells the tale of India's ambivalent affair with the fashionable urban in the course of the fantasy of the adventure among the village and town, and the adjustments that delusion has passed through. It loks on the vicissitudes of the metaphor of trip; profiles numerous heroes as they negotiate the transitions from the village to the town and again to the village; and makes a speciality of the psychopathological trip from a poisoned village right into a self-annihilating urban.
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Extra resources for An Ambiguous Journey to the City: The Village and Other Odd Ruins of the Self in the Indian Imagination
When 60 "See the letter of Pramathesh Chandra Barua to his friend Prafulla Dasgupta, 16 April 1933. Also the letter to his sister Niharbala, 10 April 1933, on his visits to a prostitute and on his romantic, deeply emotional relationship with her. Basu, 'Rajar Kumar', pp. 221-2. 61 2" Pramathesh Chandra Barua, letter to Madhurilara Barua, 16 September 1934, quoted in Basu, 'Rajar Kumar', p. 232. Barua, 'Pramathesh Barua', p. 38. Why have generations of mythmakers in South Asia grappled with this issue?
194-235. This long essay, though marred by hyperbole, is an excellent source of information on Barua. , p. 40. * The City as the Invitation to an Antique Death 45 towards Barua, Dasgupta suggests that Barua deliberately opted for understatement and intelligent use of his voice. Young Pramathesh was close to his mother, a devout Vaishnava in a Shakto household, and an excellent singer. It may be of some interest to the psychologically minded that, after being weaned, he lived entirely on milk for eight years.
He did not merely make Devdas. He was Devdas. Rarely has a filmmaker been as much ofa legendary hero as Pramathesh Barua, Prince of Gauripur, Assam. 14 Between them, Deudas and Mukti sum up the legend that Barua was, on screen and in life. Both Baruas epitomize paradigmatic journeys, from the village to the city and from the city to l4 Chidananda Dasgupta, quoted in Barua, 'Prarnathesh Barua', pp. 24, 40. 56 An Ambiguous journey to the City the village. But the psychological geography of these journeys also includes less territorial voyages-from maternity to conjugality to maternity, and from the past to the present to the past.
An Ambiguous Journey to the City: The Village and Other Odd Ruins of the Self in the Indian Imagination by Ashis Nandy