Balti Britain
by Ziauddin Sardar (9781862079311)

Balti Britain
 
Ziauddin Sardar
Release Date: 01 September 2008
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Category: Social Issues & Processes
Publisher: Granta
ISBN: 9781862079311
ISBN-10: 1862079315



Sardar travels to the main Asian communities in the UK, to Leicester and Birmingham, Glasgow and Bradford, Tower Hamlets and Oldham, describing their food and their culture, their views on being Asian, and the diversity of the community in their different religions, origins and economic status.He tells the history of Asians in Britain, from the arrival of the first Indian in Britain in 1614, through the entangled days of colonialism, to the young extremists in Walthamstow mosque (East London) in 2006. He interweaves throughout an illuminating account of his own life, describing his carefree childhood in Pakistan, his family's emigration to racist 1950s Britain, his adulthood straddling two cultures, and his own surprising family history. In telling his two grandafthers' stories, Sardar realises just how closely intertwined the histories of Britain and the subcontinent are. Along the way he asks searching questions: are arranged marriages, such as Sardar himself experienced, a good thing? Does the term Asian obscure more than it conveys? Do Vindaloo and Balti actually exist? And is multiculturalism an impossible dream?Balti Britainis a funny, touching and surprising blend of history, reportage and memoir, which will make all people, Asian or otherwise, see their country through fresh eyes.

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