HOW TO GET FILTHY RICH IN RISING ASIA by MOHSIN HAMID

How many gushing adjectives can one use to describe a wonderful book? Amazing. Well written. Moving. Realistic.  This book was all of these and more. All the time I was reading this book,  I kept saying “yes,” simply because so much of it was so familiar. I live in India. …

THE HIDDEN LAND by URSULA GRAHAM BOWER

I read this sadly out of print book a year ago, when I visited Nagaland and became fascinated with the tale of Ursula Graham Bower.  Ms Graham Bower’s “Naga Path” (that is a link to my review, obviously) covers her years in Nagaland, and “The Hidden Land” takes up the …

THE ACCIDENTAL APPRENTICE by VIKAS SWARUP

Vikas Swarup, known for his hugely popular “Q & A”, the book behind the award winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” has just published his latest novel, and even without the Slumdog hype, this was always going to be a great book. It is always a little difficult to review a friend’s …

THE FISHING FLEET Husband-Hunting in the Raj by Anne de Courcy

Anne de Courcy’s book is a delightful account of that well-known colonial sport, husband-hunting in India. Quite. In a book that is well-written, informative, poignant and often times sad, Ms de Courcy tells us some of the stories of generations of young British women who went out to India to …

THE BANKSTER BY RAVI SUBRAMANIAN

  The blurb on the cover of  Ravi Subramanian’s 5th book “The Bankster” talks of “the John Grisham of banking”. Like John Grisham, Mr. Subramanian certainly knows his facts and figures in his appointed area of expertise, that’s for sure. So there is that much in common with Mr. Grisham. …