Category Archives: India

The Moor’s Last Sigh

The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie  (India/Britain) 1995 / 434 pages rating 7 / 20th c. fiction Okay,  so I’m a Rushdie fan since Midnight’s Children and totally fell in love with The Satanic Verses (the first book I ever read twice in … Continue reading

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Narcopolis

Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil 2012 / 288 pgs ( Kindle) rating:  8.5 This book started out so lovely,  so real, so refreshing.  I’d say the first half was like that. Then,  probably like the addicts themselves,  it just went downhill … Continue reading

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Feasting, Fasting

Feasting, Fasting by Anita Desai 1999/240 pages Booker s’list / India rating: 9 Odd I should actually read a paperback rather than an e-book, but this was on a super-sale and I couldn’t resist.   Although Desai has been widely acclaimed … Continue reading

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Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai fiction – India 1998 / 224 pages Rating:  7 This is a somewhat silly but very fun read – inspired by a rather bizarre true a true story from India  Desai takes that … Continue reading

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The Glass Palace

The Glass Palace by Amitov Ghosh 2000,  512 pages read by Simon Vance 17h 59m Rating – 8 It’s about time I got around to reading this book!   I totally loved Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke was … Continue reading

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The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall read by Sam Dastor 8h 25m Rating – 6.5 Visha Puri is a highly respected detective who one day gets called to investigate the death of  a Dr. Jha … Continue reading

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The House of Blue Mangoes

The House of Blue Mangoes by David Davidar 2002 / 421 pages rating – 7.5 I was disappointed in what could have been such a great novel.  This is the saga of three generations of the Dorais, a non-Brahmin, land-owning … Continue reading

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River of Smoke

River of Smoke by Amitov Ghosh 2011 / 528 pages fiction – 2nd in trilogy  “The Ibis Trilogy” rating –  9 Whew!   I just finished the second time – and I’m counting it twice.   I listened the first time … Continue reading

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River of Smoke

River of Smoke by Amitov Ghosh 2011  (528 pages) Audible by Sanjiv Jhaveri – 22h. 34m. fiction – 2nd in series rating I really didn’t get “into” this book at all.  The last part was quite good but the rest all seemed … Continue reading

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