India

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed November 5, 2014

'No Land's Man' By Aasif Mandvi

  If you're an Indo-Muslim-British-American actor who has spent more time in bars than mosques over the past few decades, turns out it's a little tough to explain who you are or where you are from.

In No Land's Man, Aasif Mandvi explores this and other conundrums through stories about his family, ambition, desire, and culture that range from dealing with his brunch-obsessed father, to being a high-school-age Michael Jackson impersonator, to joining a Bible study group in order to seduce a nice Christian girl, to improbably becoming America's favorite Muslim/Indian/Arab/Brown/Doctor correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Steve Gorn At Maverick Concerts

Credit Doyi Retreat Photos on Flickr

  The master bamboo flautist and saxophone player Steve Gorn returns to Maverick Concerts in Woodstock to perform classical Indian music on the bansuri bamboo flute tonight at 8:30.

The bansuri flute is an Indian instrument made of bamboo. Living in Stone Ridge, Gorn has quite a following throughout the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. He won a Grammy for a 2011 recording he made with the Paul Winter, Miho – Journey to the Mountain, and provided the soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning Documentary film, Born into Brothels.

He has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world and we welcome to the show today.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon May 12, 2014

"A Matter Of Rats: A Short Biography Of Patna" By Amitava Kumar

    

  Amitava Kumar is a novelist, poet, journalist, filmmaker, and Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. He is the author of A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb and Nobody Does the Right Thing: A Novel. His new book, A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, is an entertaining account of his hometown.

Kumar's ruminations on one of the world's oldest cities, the capital of India's poorest province, are also a meditation on how to write about place. His memory is partial. All he has going for him is his attentiveness. He carefully observes everything that surrounds him in Patna: rats and poets, artists and politicians, a girl's picture in a historian's study, and a sheet of paper on his mother's desk.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

The Book Show #1293 - Manil Suri

    Manil Suri's new novel, The City of Devi, opens with India and Pakistan on the verge of nuclear war. India is roiled by factional violence between Hindus and Muslims. Bombers strafe citizens, vigilantes settle scores, and terrorists set off dirty bombs around the country as Mumbai boils over with fear and fury. But, at its heart, it is a love story.

The Two-Way
9:28 am
Wed January 9, 2013

India, Pakistan Trade Accusations Over Border Killings

Wednesday in Rajouri, India, officers paid their respects at the coffin of one of two Indian soldiers killed Tuesday in a skirmish with Pakistani troops.
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India reacted angrily today at what it called the "inhumane treatment" of one of two soldiers killed Tuesday in a skirmish along the de facto border with Pakistan.

Pakistan challenged the Indian army's allegations and said it is prepared to hold an investigation through the United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) into recent ceasefire violations along what is known as the Line of Control (LOC).

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