Ayya's Accounts A Ledger of Hope in Modern India

ISBN-10: 0253012503

ISBN-13: 9780253012500

Edition: 2014

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Description: Ayya’s Accounts explores the life of an ordinary man–orphan, refugee, shopkeeper, and grandfather–during a century of hope and upheaval in India. Born in colonial India into a despised caste of former tree climbers, Ayya lost his mother as a child and came of age in a small town in lowland Burma. Forced to flee at the outbreak of World War II, he returned to southern India after a treacherous 1,700-mile journey by rail, boat, bullock cart, and foot. There he became a successful fruit merchant and helped many of his descendants get settled in the United States. Ayya’s story underscores the luck, nerve, subterfuge, and sorrow that he encountered along hisprecarious route of his advancement. Emerging out of tales told to his American grandson, Ayya’s Accounts embodies a simple faith—that the story of a place as large and complex as modern India can be told through the life of a single individual.

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 3/17/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Anand Pandian is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University. He is author of Crooked Stalks: Cultivating Virtue in South India.Daud Ali is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Courtly Culture and Political Life in Early Medieval India.

Preface
A Century of Experience
In Some Village, Somewhere
Taj Malabar Hotel, 2005
Things I Didn't Know I'd Lost
Pudur, 2012
A Decade in Burma
Okpo, 1940
When the War Came
Kovilpatti, 1946
A New Life at Home
Victoria Studio, 1949
Dealing Cloth in a Time of War
Dindigul, 1951
A Foothold in Madurai
Gopal Studio, 1953
A Shop of My Own
Madurai Fruit Merchants Association, 1960
Branches in Many Directions
Norwalk, 1974
Between Madurai and America
Madurai, 1992
What Comes Will Come
Oakland, 1997
Burma, Once Again
Okpo, 2002
Giving and Taking
Listening to My Grandfather
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
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