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The Chamber of Perfumes

Inderjit Badhwar (Author)
Synopsis . . . His father an atheist, a patrician, an incorrigible snob is living his last moments. Tan leaves the United States, where he has lived for many years, for his native province in India. In the Chamber of perfumes, redolent of the past, present and future, where lies the body of his father before the last rites, Tan realizes how much he is torn between Indian and American cultures. He recalls his university days in America during the rollicking sixties when he was basking in the tragi-comic heroic status attached to his Indian origin in the US in the fantasy-reality world of his fellow students who couldn't think beyond Ginsberg and Marcuse. Divided between Hinduism and Christianity, atheism and faith, between traditional family mores and sexual liberty, between a society enveloped by castes and sympathies for the extreme left, Tan feels obliged, in front of the remains of his father, to soothe the internal conflict that has unceasingly wrenched his soul.
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About the author

Inderjit Badhwar

Inderjit Badhwar was born in the heart of rural India in the 1940’s. In 1968, after a liberal western education in the country’s elite institutions such as the Doon School and St. Stephen’s college, he settled in the United States where, after an Ivy League degree from Columbia University, he worked as an editor and journalist for major American newspapers, magazines and TV stations. He returned to India in 1986 and headed India Today’s editorial team. He is now settled in New Delhi, giving final strokes to his new writing.

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Title The Chamber of Perfumes
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187943610
length vii+483p.