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Table of Contents
                            Front Cover
Title Page
Chap 1
Chap 2
Chap 3
Chap 4
Chap 5
Chap 6
Chap 7
Back Cover
Document Text Contents
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‘Publishers have created lists of short books that
discuss the questions that your average [electoral]
candidate will only ever touch if armed with a
slogan and a soundbite. Together [such books] hint
at a resurgence of the grand educational tradition...
Closest to the hot headline issues are The No-
Nonsense Guides. These target those topics that a
large army of voters care about, but that politicos
evade. Arguments, figures and documents combine
to prove that good journalism is far too important
to be left to (most) journalists.’

Boyd Tonkin,
The Independent,




Page 74


holiday dream. Elements which don’t fit in with this
shiny reinvention are omitted or obliterated. Many of
us somehow fail to be interested enough in the people
and places we think we’re visiting to find out the truth
behind the media gloss.

Dreams or propaganda?
In the fantasy of a holiday paradise, reality has no
place. This intentional mythologizing of people, place
and experience is key to the re-invention of countries

Quietly spoken Shankar is just recovering from a snakebite, his face
thinner and more drawn than normal beneath his baseball cap. His
passion is bodybuilding which he does at the Harry Potter gym.
Thoughtful and serious, he describes himself as a businessman. He
sells small stone carvings and postcards to tourists near the carved
bas relief Arjuna’s Penance in Mamallapuram.

‘Stone carving is easy but selling to tourists is very difficult. I
know they get annoyed and I don’t want to disturb them but we need
the money so I need to push them.

When we do business with tourists some are very kind, some
just shout “No! No!” or “Go away! I don’t want to buy anything.” We
feel angry but we’re just trying to do business so we have to control
ourselves, and we have to apologize. Some tourists get very upset
and emotional, yelling. It’s a bit stressful but we have to adjust.

Selling to tourists is very unpredictable, two days good, three
days bad. I don’t really like it but if I did nice work I’d only get
Rp30-50/$1 a day. I’m the oldest son and my father only earns
Rp1,900/$40 a month and my brother died, so I need to take care of
my whole family. This is better paid, especially when you’re a kid.
Doing this I can earn Rp3-4,000/$80 a month.

I’d like to do some other work, nice work, like driving or being a
welder but there’s nothing else. I’m just waiting for my sister to get
married then maybe a tourist will take me to Europe and I can do
dishwashing or any other job, like housecleaner.

If I had money I wouldn’t do this work but we need to live and
there’s nothing else I can do. When I was working as a kid I missed
a lot of school and didn’t get my exams. I used to study hard but
now I’m too old to study. I worry about that. I can’t write English and
regret that I didn’t work at school. I feel like I sacrificed my future for
my family.’ ■

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