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Mappillai - Book launch event by the author Carlo Pizzati



Mappillai - Book launch event by the author Carlo Pizzati

Italian Embassy Cultural Centre in Mumbai in association with the author Carlo Pizzati present the book launch of Mappillai - an italian son-in-law in India at The Imperial Club by The Leela in Tardeo.

Mappillai meaning ‘son-in-law’ in Tamil, is the rollicking story of journalist Carlo Pizzati, a European living with his in-laws in urban Chennai and with his wife in rural Paramankeni, Tamil Nadu, India. When in Paramankeni, he finds himself in the company of fishermen and goat-herders, in a house where 3G asserts itself in a corner of the bathroom and electricity courses through rooms in fits and starts. At one level, Mappillai is deeply personal. With beguiling candour, Carlo tells of his struggle with two extreme, contradictory responses to India—fascination and suspicion—and his awkward attempts at cruising through a maze of bribery, bureaucracy and traffic. Yet, at another level, the book offers a glimpse into the world of expats in contemporary India by introducing us to a host of colourful ‘firangi friends’—from those who are overwhelmed by this nation’s noise and colour;
With wry humour, wisdom and acceptance, Mappillai offers an intimate capsule of contemporary Indian history, of the associated Hinduization and Westernization of India, intertwined with the Indianization of a European.

Carlo Pizzati
He is a Swiss-born fiction and non-fiction writer and an award-winning journalist who has published two novels, three non-fiction books and a collection of short stories. He lives with his wife near a fishermen’s village in India where he writes about Asia for the Italian national daily La Stampa and cultural essays and editorials for the Indian national daily The Hindu. He teaches communication theory at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai.


High Tea will be served at 5 pm



Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Time: From 5:00 pm To 7:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Mumbai

Entrance : Free


The Studio, The Imperial Club by The Leela, Tardeo Tower, 6 South, Tardeo, Mumbai