Posts Tagged ‘India’

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

 Source: Personal copy Five words from the blurb: India, slum, fugitive, prison, redemption Shantaram is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It is an amazing story and the fact that most of it actually happened makes it even more incredible. It may be long, but every single page is a joy to read […]

The Skinning Tree by Srikumar Sen

 Winner of the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia Prize Five words from the blurb: India, boy, school, tragedy, regime The Skinning Tree is set in India during the 1940s. It tells the story of nine-year-old Sabby, a boy who is sent to a boarding school in Northern India. Being away from Calcutta is meant to […]

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Five words from the blurb: love, India, independent, struggle, destiny After 10 months I’ve finally finished A Suitable Boy! It has been a strange reading experience as half the time I loved it and the rest of the time I was battling the urge to abandon it.  The book is set in 1950s India and gives […]

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Five words from the blurb: slum, Mumbai, family, connections, shocking My favourite book is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry so I am drawn towards other books that are set in Indian slums. Behind the Beautiful Forevers was written by the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Katherine Boo, after she spent four years living with the residents of […]

Serious Men – Manu Joseph

  Shortlisted for 2011 Commonwealth Prize South Asia & Europe Best First BookShortlisted for 2010 the Man Asian Literary PrizeWinner of 2010 Hindu Best Fiction Award Five words from the blurb: Mumbai, slums, son, genius, comic Serious Men had a controversial reception in India because it depicts a Dalit (someone of a lower caste) as being a victim […]

A Life Apart – Neel Mukherjee

I have a soft spot for Indian literature and so when I saw the phrase ‘Winner of India’s Premier Literary Prize, The Vodafone Crossword Award 2009’ on the back of this book I picked it up straight away. A Life Apart is essentially a coming-of-age novel focusing on Ritwik, an Indian homosexual. The story begins […]