Delhi: A Novel by Khushwant Singh: Offers a unique vision of Delhi filled with both affection and revulsion, a city of temples and bazaars, of muddy waters, filth and poverty.
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry: A fascinating story set in the Mumbai of 1970s, this novel chronicles the sufferings of outcasts and innocents trying to survive in the “State of Internal Emergency”.
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga: This Man-Booker Prize winning book is a compelling novel on the liberation of a man born to be a servant of the rich.
Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup: The book on which the Golden Globe-winning movie with the same name is based. Tells the story of an orphaned, uneducated ‘chai-walla’ from Mumbai who wins a billion rupees on a quiz show.
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts: An epic novel (900+ pages) about an Australian man who lands in Mumbai on a false New Zealand passport. Set in the ’80s and early 90s.
City of Djinns by William Dalrymple: A marvelous read, takes you through the Delhi of past eras and the many layers of history that constitute Delhi.
Delhi Throught the Ages: Selected Essays in Urban History, Culture and Society by R.E. Frykenberg(ed.)
The Seven Cities of Delhi by Gordon Risley Hearn, an excellent account of the history and architecture of Delhi
Delhi Past and Present H.E Fanshawe: A book that helps us understand the present and past of Delhi.
Mansions at Dusk: The Havelis of Old Delhi by Pavan K. Verma: An illustrated book documenting the grandeur of old houses of Delhi.
Fodor’s India, 8th Edition: Fodor’s guides cover mid-range through upmarket travel
Frommer’s India: Similar to Fodor’s but the layout is not as nice.
Lonely Planet India: This guidebook focuses more on backpackers and has great maps
The Rough Guide to India: A comprehensive guide to India with stunning photography. Has detailed and illustrated sections on Sacred India, Handicrafts, Bollywood, temple architecture, Indian classical music, etc.
Living in India
Culture Smart! India: A Quick Guide to Customs & Etiquette: A guide that lists essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behaviour of Indian people. Tells you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport.
Moon Living Abroad in India: A comprehensive guidebook covering moving to and living in India. Includes a lot of detailed information about India’s culture and history.
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