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Train to Agra (Paperback)

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Paperback 64 Pages / Published: 30/09/2001
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Calling upon two cultures, Vandana Khanna's Train to Agra meditates on the effects of displacement and expatriation on the construction of a young Indian American woman's identity. The physical journeys undertaken by the speaker reflect her inner journey from immigrant child to Indian American woman, struggling to find her place between India and America, Krishna and Jesus, samosas and hamburgers. The speaker constantly tries to recapture visions, smells, and sounds of her childhood and her travels, but cannot do so without imagination. Her memory fails her, so through metaphor she invents her past as it should have been. Traveling through her reflections on childhood, fate, faith, death, and belonging, she comes to accept her reality as a construct of lived memories and wished-for fantasies.

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780809324057
Number of pages: 64
Weight: 136 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 6 mm


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" Poised around a train ride to the Taj Mahal, Khanna' s poems track a layered and joyful personal journey amidst great fluctuations of our times-- immigration, travel. I admire the vitality of her narrative space, movement between India and America, which she fills with ardent particulars: Hindi films, transcontinental plane trips, control towers, old rivers, gods, mantras, and myths." -- Reetika Vazirani, author of "White Elephants"

" Vandana Khanna's sensual, evocative poems sweep the reader away on a journey of family, culture, and spirituality. In "Train to Agra, "Khanna's deft language and bright, revelatory imagery bring both physical and emotional landscapes to life. This is a book of fevers and spices, longings and questions, motion and vision. Khanna's gifts as a poet are many, and she uses them to cross borders and countries, to bring alive ' The India of Postcards, ' to fill in ' colors, the smells, to translate to English. / To translate into the present, into beautiful.' Vandana Khanna is not only a poet to watch; she is a poet to savor." -- Allison Joseph, author of "In Every Seam" and "Soul Train"

"Vandana Khanna's sensual, evocative poems sweep the reader away on a journey of family, culture, and spirituality. In "Train to Agra, "Khanna's deft language and bright, revelatory imagery bring both physical and emotional landscapes to life. This is a book of fevers and spices, longings and questions, motion and vision. Khanna's gifts as a poet are many, and she uses them to cross borders and countries, to bring alive 'The India of Postcards, ' to fill in 'colors, the smells, to translate to English. / To translate into the present, into beautiful.' Vandana Khanna is not only a poet to watch; she is a poet to savor."--Allison Joseph, author of "In Every Seam" and "Soul Train "


"Poised around a train ride to the Taj Mahal, Khanna's poems track a layered and joyful personal journey amidst great fluctuations of our times--immigration, travel. I admire the vitality of her narrative space, movement between India and America, which she fills with ardent particulars: Hindi films, transcontinental plane trips, control towers, old rivers, gods, mantras, and myths."--Reetika Vazirani, author of "White Elephants"


Vandana Khanna's sensual, evocative poems sweep the reader away on a journey of family, culture, and spirituality. In "Train to Agra, "Khanna's deft language and bright, revelatory imagery bring both physical and emotional landscapes to life. This is a book of fevers and spices, longings and questions, motion and vision. Khanna's gifts as a poet are many, and she uses them to cross borders and countries, to bring alive The India of Postcards, to fill in colors, the smells, to translate to English. / To translate into the present, into beautiful. Vandana Khanna is not only a poet to watch; she is a poet to savor. Allison Joseph, author of "In Every Seam" and "Soul Train ""


Poised around a train ride to the Taj Mahal, Khanna s poems track a layered and joyful personal journey amidst great fluctuations of our timesimmigration, travel. I admire the vitality of her narrative space, movement between India and America, which she fills with ardent particulars: Hindi films, transcontinental plane trips, control towers, old rivers, gods, mantras, and myths. Reetika Vazirani, author of "White Elephants""

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