Suggestions for India?
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I would also suggest Samskara by UR Ananatha Murthy. It's about a small community in India dealing with the ramifications of their religion in respect to a dead man that no one really liked very much.
For non-fiction or religious books, I would suggest the Bhagavad Gita. I'm sure you know about it already, but it really is worth reading if you haven't. Also, the Ramayana is really important reading. For something more academic, check out Darsan by Diana L Eck, and Literature and Nation by Richard Allan.
Good Luck and Have Fun!
Thanks Seajack and everyone, I really appreciate your input!
(Sorry Touchstone Didn't work for the omnibus)
I think that Gita Mehta's books on Indian culture, though not specifically on Delhi, are also highly readable and provide a lot of insight, particularly as she addresses a lot of the conflict between tradition and modernity which makes travel in India fascinating and challenging at the same time.
I finiished Shantaram and really enjoyed it but hope MY trip is nothing like this book - I would like to avoid murder and mayhem. However, it was very timely reading about Leopold's and the Taj Mahal Hotel and other references that have been in the news lately.
I am currently reading The City of Djinns and enjoying it also in a completely different way. I haven't even seen Delhi yet and already I am mourning the loss of the beautiful buildings. I hope to finish this book before I leave.
I plan on taking The White Tiger with me to read while I am there.
Unfortunately, the rest of the great suggestions will have to wait until I return but that is OK - it will just extend my vacation!
More a Cultural history of Indian influence on global culinary habits.
I'm back from India and I had a wonderful time. It was amazing how much my visit echoed my reading, it was great preparation!
Mmmm. There used to be a fantastic Hare Krishna restaurant in Austin, Texas, which, for the impecunious college student, had the double advantage of being cheap.
I haven't had such delicious, unique food since.
Mumbai is where I want to head to first with my family (with a good guide)
Sri Lanka is on the phantom itinerary as well.
Very much like christains and muslims etc who follow their religions in a number of ways...some closely to texts, some through interpretations and some who call themselves 'x' or 'y' but act completely polar.
All I can say is....Onions have layers. :-)
...sorry I FORGOT to mention that in my earlier post, I must have been eating onions and garlic!
The Age of Kali - until now I hadn't heard of that until now
and him being a fellow Scot too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So continuing into 2009 नये साल की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें :-) remaining of the Indian theme, I am starting on my first book of the year......
Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children
I hope this lives up to all the hype, Winning the Booker (and Booker of Bookers)
Bliadhna mhath ùr!
I remember liking Manohar Malgaonkar's "Bend in the ganges" when I read it maybe two decades ago. Is any one familiar with this and Malgaonkar's other books?
Opinions on 'Freedom at Midnight' are very welcome... also other books around that period.
I am not sure if this post is ideal for this message-board. I may decide to move it later or cross-post it.
Happy New Year everyone!
Although after scanning the reviews my suspicion is confirmed that only those who know Mahabharata characters intimately are excited by the book.
Umm... how can I make my book titles 'click-able'?
So glad I read this one. Really good. A contemporary classic.
This is the piece I did on it for the local paper: