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Globetrotter's Nama

Multicultural angst fuels a bad trip for Iyer

Globetrotter's Nama
Globetrotter's Nama
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The Global Soul is an ode to a peculiar brand of weightlessness: the lightness of being born of too much air travel. Iyer is the hero of these essays, boldly going where the rest of us will apparently follow: into "mongrel worlds" where "more and more of us cross borders in our private lives, or choose to live with foreign cultures in our arms". How does Iyer make the grade as a Global Soul? Easy: "because, having grown up simultaneously in three cultures [Indian, English and American], none of them fully my own, I acquired very early the sense of being loosed from time as much as from space - I had no history, and lived under the burden of no home..."

Give me a break! So he's an NRI. A BBCD. So he has a gazillion frequent flyer miles. He has a girlfriend in Japan and a friend who once had a mile high experience. Who cares?

Iyer keeps up a relentless barrage of naive observations that only emphasise the banality of his global sensibility. The one essay in this book that rises above Iyer's trademark post-modern schmaltz is an entertaining piece on a month spent at...

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