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ALIVE AND CLICKING: A Memoir

ALIVE AND CLICKING: A Memoir
$29.00
Item Code: IDE670
Author: T.S. Satyan
Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0143033530
Pages: 332 (B & W Illus: 29)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
weight of the book: 358 gms
From the Jacket:

'Â…when you spend eight summers on one planet with a camera in hand, things happen, events occur, and you have a bunch of experiences and encounters because you were there at the right time at the right place,' says T.S. Satyan, award-winning photojournalist and recipient of the Padma Shri in 1977. A vivid montage of people and places. Alive and Clicking is about chance meetings and brief encounters, beautifully portrayed in a style reminiscent of a long-lost era.

Spanning eighty years of what is perhaps the most eventful century in history, the book recounts the days Satyan spent with luminaries like Nobel Laureate C.V. Raman and virtuoso film maker Satyajir Ray; the significant moments he captured in the lives of leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Pope Paul VI, and his enduring friendships with creative masterminds like R.K. Narayan and R.K.Laxman. It also portrays vividly his experiences as a photographer in places as varied as Sikkim, Afghanistan, Arunachal Pradesh and Malaysia, and describes life-changing events like the massacre of non-violent satyagrahis by the Portuguese rulers in Goa and the Mayhem that followed the assassination of Mujibur Rahman in Bangladesh.

Like a slow, easy ride in a carriage, Alive and Clicking takes us through the dusty paths of Mysore of the 1930s and 40s to the farthest corners of India and countries beyond, recording for posterity and extraordinary life living in interesting times.

About the Author:

T.S. Satyan was born and educated in Mysore. He took his first photographs as a high school student. He was among the earliest in India to take to photojournalism. He has traveled widely and has published numerous articles, essays and travelogues. His photographs have been published in newspapers and magazines like Life and Time. He has also done several photo assignments for UNICEF and other international agencies. To mark the International Year of the Child in 1979, UNICEF sponsored his exhibition of photographs on children titled Little People which was displayed at the UN headquarters in New York. His published books include Exploring Karnataka, German Vignettes, Hampi - The Fabled Capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, In Love with Life - A Journey through life in Photographs and Kalakke Kannadi, his memoirs in Kannada.

T.S. Satyan was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the government of India. The University of Mysore conferred an honorary Doctor of Literature degree on him.

CONTENTS

Forewordvii
Acknowledgementsxi
Why Did I Write?xiii
1.Growing up in Mysore1
2.The Initiations13
3.The Illustrated weekly of India22
4.Princely House of Learning31
5.Riding a Dream Horse38
6.Life in Pre-wired Bangalore47
7.The Raman Effect57
8.Visvesvaraya: The Jewel in the Crown67
9.The Little Mermaid76
10.The Great Anointing85
11.Bloodshed on the Goa Border92
12.One Wonderful Month in Delhi97
13.Prime Time in Delhi104
14.Waiting for the Dalai Lama110
15.Sirimavo and her Angels119
16.Walking with Vinoba Bhave125
17.The Decisive Moment131
18.Afghanistan Before the Fall134
19.The Bangladesh Massacre146
20.Gentle Fangs in a Temple154
21.Arunachal Pradesh: The changing panorama159
22.Enchanting Sikkim172
23.The Connoisseur King180
24.The Yogi and the Violinist194
25.The Maharani at the Hustings203
26.The Malgudi Man214
27.Remembering a Field Marshal229
28.The Man who saw a Thousand Full Moons237
29.Ray of Genius244
30.R.K.Laxman returns Home255
31.The Wizard of the Veena266
32.The First Woman Photojournalist of India273
33.Photographic the Pope280
34.Death in the Valley of Flowers286
35.Raghubir Singh: The Dream-Chaser294
36.Reaching Out302
37.Footloose and Fancy-Free308
Index315

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