Reading India

Odd as it may seem I continue to read and reread books about India,  usually historical fiction.  Just recently I’ve reread A Passage to India which takes place in or around 1920 – The Glass Palace – Burma and India from 1885 or so to 1998?.   Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie which is about his time in hiding due to the fatwa regarding The Satanic Verses (India/Britain).  So since I was reading that memoir I decided I needed to read The Moor’s Last Sigh which he wrote during the worst of that time.

Also of note,  I read Ghosh’s The Sea Poppies and River of Smoke, the first two of the Ibis Trilogy – the third has not yet been published,  but I’ll be there.

Other goodies about India/Burma/Pakistan.    (These are books I’ve read.)

Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie 1988 (set in 20th century with some far past)

The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie – 1995 – (set in 20th century – Portugal with Indian background)

The Glass Palace by Amitov Ghosh – 2000 – (set from mid 19th century to end of 20th century)

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster – 1927 – (set in 1920 or so)

The Sea Poppies by Amitov Ghosh – 2008 – (set in early 19th century)

River of Smoke by Amitov Ghosh – 2011 – (set in early 19th century)

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie – 1998 (set in 1947)

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth – 1993 (set in 1950s)

Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry – 2002 ( contemporary)

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga – 2008 (contemporary)

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts – 2003 (set in 1980s)

Staying On by Paul Scott -1977 – (set in late 20th century)

The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell – 1973 (set in 1857)

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry – 1995 (set in 1970s/’80s)

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – 1997 (set in late 20th century)

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai – 2006 (set in modern India)

Life of Pi by Yann Martel -2001 – (set in modern India and ocean)

Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri – 2001 – (set in modern India)

The House of Blue Mangoes by David Davidar – 2002 (set between 1900 and modern)

The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye – 1978 (set in last half of 19th century)

Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvaala – 1975 (set in 1920s)

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall – 2011 (modern India – detective)

A Case of Exploding Mangoes (Pakistan) by Mohammed Hanif – 2008 (set in 1980s)

Jhumpa Lahiri – Indian author of several short story collections about Indian/Americans.

Maximum City (non-fiction) by Suketu Mehta 2004 –  (modern travelogue)

Burmese Days (Burma) by George Orwell 1934,  (set in 1920s)

Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie, 2012 (set mostly between 1988 and current)


Scheduled –

Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil-  2012  – (set in modern times) (April 15)
Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard  by Kiran Desai – 1998 (set in modern times)  (March)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity  by Katherine Boo – 2012 – (current)  (March)

And I’m sure there are ore where those came from – if I’d look at my bookshelves I’d likely find a non-fiction or two.

Finally,  I know there are several more I want to read – the rest of the Raj Quartet for one example.


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