Books on India

Just in case some of you are interested in  books about  India that I have recently read, today I thought I would share them.  Two are fiction and one is narrative nonfiction.  All are available on  e-books.

Vish Pur Mysteries…a series by Tarquin Hall   I read THE CASE OF THE  DEADLY BUTTER CHICKEN These have  “cases”, recipes, and tales of  Delhi   It is full of descriptions of the humor found in India when you  go with the flow here.  The inspector is the Founder and Manager Director  of  the Most Private Investigation LTD.  and a heck of a cook!    The Vish Puri e-sampler  is free of charge. It catches the spirit and humor of not over-thinking the experience that is India!

BEHIND the BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai under-city  by Katherine Boo  This book was the  National Book Award winner for 2012, as well as the National Book Critics’ Circle Award finalist in the same year. Boo researched  residents of the slum  for five years to tell their stories.   This sum neighborhood has been plowed under so as not to upset the tourists arriving by plane into Mumbai.  Where do slum dwellers live when their boxes and  shacks are plowed under? I found this a riveting read.

THE WHITE TIGER by Aravind Adiga, fiction , winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Unsettling, dark satire exposing the corrupt, feudal society of  “the world’s largest  Democracy”. Uncomfortable and educational for a women who grew100_2923 up in Virginia during the Jim Crowe South. The story is a far cry  from the stories portrayed by Bollywood.  It is  not the story of happy peasants.

I am working on a post about the Feral Dogs all around us here.  Maybe tomorrow……

Enjoy…..This Is India……T I I!



About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
This entry was posted in India, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to Books on India

  1. Page Shields says:

    Thank you, Anne. I will start reading The White Tiger this week.


  2. cindy knoke says:

    I just finished “Beyond the Beautiful Forevers,” by Katherine Boo. Sobering.
    You have a wonderful blog~


    • annetbell says:

      Isn’t it an amazing story? We visited an architects’ office in Ahmedabad which was of the huge corporate kind. Several students asked about the “slum” problem. The young architects told of the people squatting near their “work”… the dumps and the massive problems of moving them out away from family and friends , gutting their homes to improve the conditions and then they are unable to make even a meager living. So tragic! Thanks for sharing. Namaste. . . . .Anne


  3. Kannan says:

    hi Anne
    wonderful blog. keep it going. if you are visiting sown south let me know. i can offer some insights. I would suggest a book Holy Cow by Sarah MacDonald. it is a good travelogue of India and funny too.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.