Journey across India through these books that shed light on the intriguing history, culinary landscape, and vibrant culture of the country. By Amitha Ameen

1. CALCUTTA: TWO YEARS IN THE CITY
Amit Chaudhuri

 

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Award-winning novelist Amit Chaudhuri’s Calcutta: Two Years in the City is a tale about how the author rediscovers his birth city. Loved by many, the city of Kolkata holds on to its imperial past while transforming into a burgeoning metropolitan city. This passionately penned novel evokes strong memories of the former capital city of India.

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2. THE HUNGRY TIDE
Amitav Ghosh

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Amitav Ghosh’s award-winning novel transports you back to the 1970s, across the tricky waters of the Sundarbans in the easternmost part of India. The book leaves you engrossed, and you find yourself rooting for the characters. Ghosh beautifully encapsulates love, politics, history, and the power of nature, in this literary masterpiece.

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3. MADE IN INDIA, COOKED IN BRITAIN: RECIPES FROM AN INDIAN FAMILY KITCHEN
Meera Sodha

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Indians are extremely passionate about food. With more than 130 carefully curated recipes from over three generations of her family, London-based author Meera Sodha takes you on a culinary journey across India. This book is sure to change your perception of, and relationship with, Indian food.

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4. PANGAT, A FEAST: FOOD AND LORE FROM MARATHI KITCHENS
Saee Koranne-Khandekar

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Culinary researcher Saee Koranne- Khandekar brings together 200 Maharastrian recipes with delightful anecdotes, elaborate cooking techniques, and more. Diving deep into Marathi cuisine, the author quashes all pre-conceived notions and myths surrounding the region’s food.

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5. NO FULL STOPS IN INDIA
Mark Tully

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This interesting book by Mark Tully sheds light on the major issues and realities of life in India. The book is a collection of 10 essays, and explores the complex and deeprooted civilisation and its ancient principles with utmost clarity. It is arguably one of the best ways to understand the workings of the biggest democracy in the world.

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