JEFF IN VENICE, DEATH IN VARANASI by GEOFF DYER

Reading this funny, clever book about Venice and Varanasi, the two ultimate water-based dramatic, atmospheric, crumbling cities, whilst on holiday in Varanasi made the whole experience that much more fun.  If not a little bizarre. Adding to the deliciousness of it all, I’d literally just read the incident in the …

DELHI 14 HISTORIC WALKS by SWAPNA LIDDLE

Having gone on several heritage walks in Delhi led by the historian Swapna Liddle, I was particularly interested in her book, which is a welcome and very worthwhile addition to any Delhi lover’s library. As the title implies, Ms Liddle takes you, the reader, on 14 historic walks through the …

DELHI DURBAR by SUNIL RAMAN & ROHIT AGARWAL

This week, New Delhi officially turned 100 years old. On 12 December 1911, at the Delhi Durbar, in front of maharajahs, rajahs, princes, and thousands of British and Indian citizens, King George V made an announcement that would have major repercussions for India. The capital city was going to be …

UNLEASHING GENIUS by DILIP MUKERJEA

This fat, distinctly jolly-looking book is just crying out to be placed under the Christmas tree, waiting to bring fun and new skills to children of all ages. Although the target audience is, I suspect, school children and teenagers, there are so many useful skills to be learned from this …

THE HABIT OF WINNING by PRAKASH IYER

“The Habit of Winning” is a self-help motivational book but with a distinct Indian masala twist, which will most definitely appeal to the Indian reader. Prakash Iyer has written an easily readable, crisply written book, divided into handy bite-sized chapters. He draws on his years in corporate management to pass …