Publication Details

Sharrad, P. (2006). Re/constructing South Asia. In A. Vickers & M. Hanlon (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Conference of the ASAA: Asia Reconstructed (pp. 1-25). Canberra: Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Inc.


[extract] In her early essays on life in India as an expatriate writer, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala describes her cycle of emotional responses to living abroad. Firstly, everything in India is wonderful; secondly everything about India is appalling; thirdly, reality is a mix of the two. In her model of the Westerner doing Asian Studies, at least in the Indian context, the wheel keeps turning from delighted fascination to extreme irritation to more moderate feelings that are nonetheless never a state of completely stable harmony (An Experience of India).