Balti Britain: A Journey Through the British Asian Experience

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Granta, Sep 1, 2008 - History - 416 pages
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In this funny, surprising, touching, and controversial study, Ziauddin Sardar travels to the main Asian communities in the U.K.—among them Leicester and Birmingham, Glasgow and Bradford, Tower Hamlets and Oldham—to tell the history of Asians in Britain, from the arrival of the first Indian in 1614 through the entangled days of colonialism, to the young extremists in Walthamstow mosque 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, and his adulthood straddling two cultures. Along the way he asks a bevy of probing questions, among them Are arranged marriages a good thing? Does the term Asian obscure more than it conveys? Do Vindaloo and Balti actually exist? How far does “the disease that is in us is of us and within us” describe Islamic terrorism? And is multiculturalism an impossible dream?

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Sardar uses the history and experiences of his family and friends to explore the complexities of British Asian identities. I found it particularly interesting to learn more about the different ... Read full review

Contents

Welcome to Leicester
1
Eating Balti
11
Being Asian
38
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Ziauddin Sardar has contributed to the Daily Mail, Evening Standard, The Independent, Nature, New Scientist, New Statesman, and The Observer, and is the author of 40 books, including Desperately Seeking Paradise.