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Issue Details: First known date: 1979... 1979 The Strange Business at Bombay and Madras
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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Demon Bowler and Other Cricket Stories Dal Stivens , Collingwood : Outback Press , 1979 Z361320 1979 selected work short story Collingwood : Outback Press , 1979 pg. 29-44
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Southerly vol. 39 no. 1 March 1979 Z636122 1979 periodical issue 1979 pg. 47-57
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Of Sadhus and Spinners : Australian Encounters with India Bruce Bennett (editor), S. K. Sareen (editor), Susan Cowan (editor), Asha Kanwar (editor), Noida Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2009 Z1615496 2009 anthology short story prose extract 'Despite a shared history of British imperialism, and commonalities like the English language, a democratic polity and a craze for cricket, Australians and Indians know very little about each other of sadhus and spinners attempts to correct this with a range of stories that trace the chequered history of interactions between the two nations from John Langs The Mohammedan mother (1859) to Yasmine Gooneratnes masterpiece (2002), the stories in this anthology bring to the fore a variety of literary responses to Indo-Australian encounters there are stories here of Australian visitors to India and stories about and by Indians-immigrants or temporary visitors-in Australia thoughtful, exploratory and often just wide-eyed in its observation of strange new worlds, the anthology provides insights into an array of fascinating cross-cultural encounters.' (Publication summary) Noida Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2009 pg. 115-125

Works about this Work

Connecting with India Susan Cowan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Wanderings in India : Australian Perspectives 2012; (p. 138-148)

'Geographical isolation and innate curiosity have long motivated Australians to leave their shores and travel far and wide to broaden their horizons and experience cultural and social differences with countries established long before explorers began to map Australia. As well as responding to the touristic impulse, there is also the patriotic one of planting Australia’s name abroad, particularly in times of war. This essay looks at the writings of some of the travellers who converged on India, long before the hippy trail of the 1970s, through a historical lens, and compares these writings with a sample of those written later in the 20th century and the shifts in their perceptions and social and cultural awareness which evolved in modern times. India, which had long been purely a brief stopover on the P&O route for Australians, became a desirable place in its own right in the late 20th century, a mysterious subcontinent that signified high adventure and the exoticism of the other.' (Introduction)

Connecting with India Susan Cowan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Wanderings in India : Australian Perspectives 2012; (p. 138-148)

'Geographical isolation and innate curiosity have long motivated Australians to leave their shores and travel far and wide to broaden their horizons and experience cultural and social differences with countries established long before explorers began to map Australia. As well as responding to the touristic impulse, there is also the patriotic one of planting Australia’s name abroad, particularly in times of war. This essay looks at the writings of some of the travellers who converged on India, long before the hippy trail of the 1970s, through a historical lens, and compares these writings with a sample of those written later in the 20th century and the shifts in their perceptions and social and cultural awareness which evolved in modern times. India, which had long been purely a brief stopover on the P&O route for Australians, became a desirable place in its own right in the late 20th century, a mysterious subcontinent that signified high adventure and the exoticism of the other.' (Introduction)

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Subjects:
  • Mumbai,
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    India,
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    South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
  • Chennai,
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    India,
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    South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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