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Ghats of Varanasi

How to write about India

Subcontinental Divide Indians tend to be very sensitive about how their country and culture are portrayed in the media. They seem to be especially critical of writers who practice, often unknowingly, ethnocentricity and cultural imperialism.* And they are not shy about voicing their criticisms. I don’t blame them. But I am sympathetic to writers, too, who [...]

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Maharaja: The Splendour of India

Top 10 books on India (thus far)

Classics, prize winners, histories about India Just before the news broke about the terror attacks in Mumbai, I was going to write about my favourite Indian books and books about India. Ironically, one of my top picks is Maximum City by Suketu Mehta, an incredibly well-researched and well-written book about Bombay. Having recently read that [...]

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yoga on the beach in Goa, India

10 top spiritual books

10 Favourite spiritual books Personally, I think spirituality is the most private and personal aspect of human life — even more than sex and salary. So, I would never presume to make a list of spiritual books without qualifying the criteria: Here are 10 of the most spiritually influential books to me. In other words, [...]

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