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The Open Eyes: A Journey Through Karnataka

The Open Eyes: A Journey Through Karnataka
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Item Code: IDE788
Author: Dom Moraes, Illustrations By: Mario Miranda
Publisher: Lustre Press, Roli Books
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8174364048
Pages: 127 (B & W Figures: 54)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.25" X 9.25"
870 gms
From the Jacket:

He begins in the dense woods roamed by wild tigers and panthers. He begins with a little native boy whose large eyes open and see his changing country with mild curiosity and at time shocking fear. Dom Moraes borrows this pair of eyes to see his world the way he sees it, and then tell you a story.

In this entertaining and witty mix of history, diary and the ramifications of the modern age the story of the land of Karnataka is told through the eyes of many people. Following the path gazed by these eyes, Moraes's personal experiences bring out the feel and smell of the place, but more, the hope.

Karnataka has layers of culture, civilization and history and it is this, the enthralling and enigmatic features of this ancient-modern state, that the author sets out to trace and move more through time than space. He tells the story with the ease of a preoccupied traveler who shifts between past and present because he believes they cannot be separate. Watching the roads and rivers that loop and whorl through the land, he travels through the rivers that flow constantly through the minds of its people.

And more importantly, through his own. Until his eyes become a sum of theirs and of that little native boy's when the beginning began.

About the Author:

Dom Moraes was born in Mumbai in 1938. As a boy he met W.H. Auden and Stephen Spender who praised his early poetry. He has now published nine volumes and won major literary awards like the Hawthornden Prize in England and the Lamont and Goldfinch prizes in the US. His work includes "In Cinnamon Shade," published in England in 2002, and "Typed With One Finger," which came out in India in 2003.

Moraes has also written extensively for newspapers and magazines in India and abroad. Among the better known of his 21 prose books are two autobiographies, and a biography of Mrs Indira Gandhi.

He has also written the scripts for a number of TV documentaries for the BBC and ITV in Britain, and a film he did on education in India, "A Little Learning," won the award for the best documentary script at the Venice Film Festival.

With Sarayu Srivatsa he co-authored 2 books and 2 documentary film scripts before his untimely death on 2nd June 2004.


I.The Open Eyes9
II.The Borderlands23
III.The Dry Country35
IV.The Land of Dead Soil51
V.The Sound of Music67
VI.The Road by the Sea77
VII.The Pais and Others87
VIII.The Military Front97
IX.The End of the Road109
X.The Last Encounters123

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