Beautiful and the Damned by Siddhartha Deb

By Siddhartha Deb

Siddhartha Deb grew up in a distant city within the northeastern hills of India and made his technique to the us through a fellowship at Columbia. Six years after leaving domestic, he lower back as an undercover reporter for "The Guardian," operating at a decision heart in Delhi in 2004, a time while globalization used to be speedy continuing and Thomas L. Friedman declared the area flat. Deb's event interviewing the call-center employees led him to adopt this ebook and trip in the course of the subcontinent.
"The attractive and the Damned "examines India's many contradictions via a number of person and striking views. With lyrical and commanding prose, Deb introduces the reader to an unforgettable team of Indians, together with a Gatsby-like wealthy person in Delhi whose pastime is generating big-budget gangster movies that not anyone sees; a wiry, dusty farmer named Gopeti whose village is affected by suicides and was once the epicenter of a insurrection; and a sad-eyed waitress named Esther who has put aside her twin levels in biochemistry and botany to serve Coca-Cola to fingers purchasers at an upscale resort referred to as Shangri l. a..
Like no different author, Deb humanizes the post-globalization experience--its merits, mess ups, and absurdities. India is a rustic the place you are taking a snooze and somebody has stolen your activity, the place you purchase a BMW yet nonetheless need to idle for cows crossing your course. a private, narrative paintings of journalism and cultural research within the related vein as Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's "Random family members "and V. S. Naipaul's India sequence, "The attractive and the Damned "is a big and incisive new paintings.

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L'évolution biologique a probablement poussé la capacité cérébrale des fourmis individuelles à son maximum ou presque : au-delà d'une certaine limite, les lignées en cours d'évolution ont continué à progresser grâce à leur organisation sociale. Loin de découler du comportement particulièrement complexe des individus appartenant à telle ou telle colonie, les exploits si stupéfiants des fourmis légionnaires, des fourmis tisserandes ou des fourmis coupe-feuilles tiennent aux actes concertés de maintes congénères travaillant ensemble : observer une seule fourmi isolée de sa colonie, c'est voir tout au plus une chasseuse sur le terrain ou une petite bête à l'aspect ordinaire en train de creuser un trou dans le sol.

Wilson, The Ants, Cambridge, MA, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1990. 4 S. Higashi, K. Yamauchi, « Influence of a supercolonial ant Formica (Formica) yessensis Forel on the distribution of other ants in Ishikari Coast », Japanese Journal of Ecology, 29(3), 1979, p. 257-264. 5 U. Maschwitz, H. Hänel, « The migrating herdsman Dolichoderus {Diabolus} cuspidatus : an ant with a novel mode of life », Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 17(2), 1985, p. 171-184. 6 B. Hölldobler, E. O. Wilson, The Superorganism, New York, W.

Si vous regardez de plus près ces fourmis portefaix, vous aurez toutes chances d'apercevoir des répliques pygmées qui voyagent « en auto-stop » sur les fragments de feuilles transportés. Ces fourmis miniatures guident-elles leurs grandes compagnes de nid jusqu'à leur foyer comme les cornacs dirigent les éléphants ? Non, leur rôle est plus étrange encore : elles font office de chasse-mouches vivants. Les colonnes de fourmis attirent en effet des mouches parasites qui représentent un danger mortel : fondant sur leurs proies tels des chasseurs bombardiers, ces diptères pondent des œufs sur le cou des grosses fourmis ou près de cette partie de leur organisme, après quoi les asticots qui ne tardent pas à éclore s'enfoncent dans le corps de leur hôte pour se repaître de ses tissus.

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