Imagine yourself in India's fascinating remote places like the Sundarbans, still the land of the man eating tiger in Amitav Ghosh’s ‘The Hungry Tide” or travel to a small village at the foothills of the Himalaya where Maya’s tries to overcome her grief, beautifully written by Anuradha Roy in ‘The Folded Earth’.
Listen to the stories of Indian people looking for a better future, as immigrants in England in Sunjeev Sahota’s ‘The Year of the Runaways’, or as a village boy getting rich in the big city in the book ‘The White Tiger’.
In search of one’s identity is one of the mayor themes of Jhumpa Lahiri’s work, herself daughter of Indian parents but raised in England and the U.S..
To learn more about India’s history travel to the 19th century by listening to Amitav Ghosh’ books about the ship The Ibis and the epic saga ‘The Glass Palace’. An all time bestseller is Arundhati Roy’s ‘The God of Small Things’.
Amitav Ghosh's Ibis trilogy consists of three historical fiction books Sea of Poppies (2008), River of Smoke (2011), and Flood of Fire (2015). The story is set in the first half of the 19th century and tells us about the shipping of people from India to work on the sugar plantations of Mauritius, and about the trade of opium between India and China. The Ibis is a ship that sails from Calcutta to Canton and Mauritius carrying different character including slaves, British officials, peasants and Cantonese boat people.
Interpreter of Maladies
Jhumpa Lahiri and Matilda Novak 2007
With the short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies (1999) Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This book is about the first and second generation Indian immigrants and the idea of otherness in the country they live in.
Unaccustomed Earth is her second book with short stories and follows the lives of Indian American people and how they deal with their mixed cultural backgrounds.
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