The Indians: Portrait of a People

The Indians Portrait of a People Looking at what constitutes a common Indian identity the authors examine in detail the predominace of family community and caste in their everyday lives

  • Title: The Indians: Portrait of a People
  • Author: Sudhir Kakar Katharina Kakar
  • ISBN: 9780670999231
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Looking at what constitutes a common Indian identity, the authors examine in detail the predominace of family, community and caste in their everyday lives.

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    1. A revealing psychoanalysis of the archetypical Indian (or Hindu) personality, in as much as it is possible to generalize a diverse country of over a billion inhabitants. The author draws from a variety of sources, including ancient texts and modern anthropological studies, to formulate the broad contours of the Hindu character. He writes about various aspects of the Hindu character: relationships with superiors and subordinates, the inner experience of caste, the role of women in society, confli [...]

    2. The author goes to talk about, How Indian'ness is formed. I was curious to learn more about my own culture. The book talks about Hindoo majority's psyche but doesn't include other religions. This book would help someone from the outside to dive into common experiences of Hindu culture. The chapter on women, thoughts, and concerns from their perspective was valid. On the group-thinking, every group/clan/caste might have prejudices, demarcation on the other group. My experience is limited, but it [...]

    3. I have always enjoyed reading Sudhir Kakar's insight into the Indian psyche and personality from a Freudian perspective. It has often given me a better understanding of myself, my fellow-countrymen and Indian history. This book is one more step in that process. In this book, Sudhir and Katharina Kakar investigate the nature of the Indian identity - what is 'Indian-ness if there is one? At the outset, the question arises as to whether one can even broach the subject of 'Indian-ness'. Aren't we a [...]

    4. A very average book when compared to his other books. The book can be used as a reference by novices and uninitiated of Indian culture/studies; however, for the experts or people already familiar with Indianness and Indian culture, etc. this will be a big disappointment. The book doesn't tell or analyse anything in a new way - it only acts as a re-statement of the known and existing theories.

    5. This book is a historical, sociological and, at times, psychological explanation of how and why society in India is the way it is. The issues it explains are so practical and ubiquitous, you might find yourself reading real quick through the 200 pages in order to know the authors’ insights (& might finish within just a day or two, or even maybe in one single stretch!). It does answer a lot of questions that you might have…The two authors deal, objectively and in an unbiased manner, with [...]

    6. As an ABCD, this book made me feel as though I had come one small step further in my quest for understanding my identity, one that I both avert and idealize. In a broad sweep, the Kakar's gave explanation to those twinges of guilt and pain I felt anytime someone mentioned family, my obligation to my family, or my lack of fulfilling that obligation. I saw in his characterizations of the highly moralistic but completely hypocritical person glimpses of many family members I knew. While the Kakars w [...]

    7. Sensitive & very well articulated Sudhir Kakar spreading psychoanalytic wisdom for large conscious made this book cherishable for hungry soul like me.Even though I happen to be familiar with all themes he has discussed, it was compelling organized read where I could find to some extent, the essence of knowledge I happen to gather from variety of sources!However I would recommend his another book Indian Identity collection of Intimate Relations, Analyst and Mystic, Colors of Violence for deta [...]

    8. I picked up this book to find out the reasons behind our inherent Indianess; i was disappointed but again, the author never claims to have delved into that area. For a foreign reader it can serve as a window to the peculiarities of Indian character traits. From a native's point of view the author just iterates what the reader might already be knowing. Kakar does justice to the title, "The Indians: Portrait of a People", as he lays threadbare the Indian culture character, for the reader to expect [...]

    9. A must-read for all those who are interested in knowing why the Indian psyche works the way it does. Insightful and crisp, the book is a study on the Indian mind. It tells us why family, food, religion, sexuality and gender are shaped in the way they are in the sub-continent.Never generalizing or judgmental, the book is well written and not overtly pedantic.Highly recommended for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of Indian culture and its machinations and the why and how of it.

    10. Before and after coming to India, I was looking for a book which could have explained how and why things are the way they are in this country. And I found one. Some thing may sound unbelievable, but they are true And I would also advise to read Shantaram and The White Tiger after this. These books give you the portrait of India from all the corners and points of view.

    11. A quick read on India and its people. Mostly a generalization of sorts which works pretty neatly for the most part. It is just that as a person in the urban environment, a lot of the observations from the book are something I'll only see in book and literature and never experience them in person.

    12. When my partner, Joe, went to India for a two-week photography workshop, I asked him to bring me back something "postcolonial." He brought this book, which looks amazing!

    13. This book written by scholars gives a very clear picture and depicts the facts behind Indian behaviour .

    14. Illuminating reflection of Indian characters. One has to read this book in order to understand the conflict of cultures in India, and how this never ending war touches lives of Indian habitats.

    15. Analyses usually don't dig beneath the surface. An avoidable book for resident 'Indians'; might interest + enlighten others, but I'm not in the position to guarantee that it *will* do that.

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