February 29, 2016
Nidhi Dugar Kundalia’s The Lost Generation: Chronicling India’s Dying Professions is a collection of essays about those professionals who are clinging to their traditional, ancestral trades despite the modern savage affecting the country in an improvisatory manner.
The book introduces professions which most of us might not have hear, even though living almost all my life, I haven’t heard them before. One thing about a profession is that it is well suited to those practitioners who have faith in their professions. This what Nidhi, a young journalist based in Kolkata, explores traveling all around the nation.
Her writing is a depth insight on professions such rudaalis, the women who are hired to cry when some rich person dies, the street dentist, the ittar wallah(ittar– a natural perfume oil derived from botanical sources), and the letter writer, the bookkeeper of family ancestors and a few more. (more…)