n Nidan : International Journal for Indian Studies - Shiptown : Between Rural and Urban North India, Ann Grodzins Gold - book review

Volume 2 Number 2
  • ISSN : 2414-8636


Market towns are a common phenomenon throughout India. I grew up in one of those in my early childhood in a little known town in Andhra Pradesh, South India. It is not too far from the neighboring farms and I grew up watching rural farmers coming to my town centre to buy their weekly supplies and watch a movie on their way back. Rickety buses would bring them into the bus station which is surrounded by vibrant markets where one could find virtually everything, at least for Indian needs of that period in the 1950s and 60s. The book under review by Gold brought memories of my childhood era for me. Gold effortlessly describes many facets of rural/urban life of Jahazpur which she aptly calls ‘Shiptown’.

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