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 grew 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!