India books

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Shanti Bloody Shanti

Ever wondered where they come from, the dreadlocked, tattooed, shirtless beardies who occupy the bottom echelon of backpacking in India, absorbing half-baked philosophy from any willing sadhu to have caught the scent of some rupees, roaring about on Enfield motorbikes from one trance party to the next? Ever wondered what becomes of them? If you’re … Continue reading

A suitable sahib

Reviewed by Catherine Anderson The women who populate the richly redolent pages of Anne de Courcy’s The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj had, we are led to understand, one overpowering goal, and one alone: to hook, and marry, an eligible bachelor. This apparently was the aim of any self-respecting Victorian miss who, if still unmarried at 22, was considered … Continue reading

Beyond the call centre

Anand Giridharadas, India Calling What does it feel like to be both inside and outside a culture? When Anand Giridharadas moved to Bombay after being raised in the US, he found that he had to reassess his understanding of a country he had always viewed from afar and through the eyes of an Indian American. … Continue reading

Moonpeak Magazine No. 4

Beautiful Thing – Sonia Faleiro

I went to a dance bar in Bangalore a few years ago, having harassed my friend Vijay into taking me along for a look. The scene was booming then, in the wake of a crackdown in Bombay. But what confronted us was a surprise after all the lurid press reports. Fully dressed women, most in … Continue reading

Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity – Sam Miller

LONG WAY ROUND There can’t be too many books where the footnotes are more entertaining than the text. Who would’ve known that cockroaches are related to lobsters – although not as closely as humans are to rats, apparently? There are other embellishments as well – hand drawn maps, intriguing black and white photos sprinkled throughout … Continue reading

Sideways on a Scooter – Miranda Kennedy

LIFE AND LOVE-CUM-ARRANGED MARRIAGE British-American journalist Miranda Kennedy spent five years in India, moving to Delhi from New York in 2002. She worked for National Public Radio and a slew of newspapers, but this book is far more interesting than your average action-packed journo memoir. Subtitled Life and love in India, it tells the stories … Continue reading