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)
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.