When Gods Collide by Kate James

James’s love for India shows through in this account of her travels from Ooty to Darjeeling. Basing her travels on the murder of missionary Graham Staines and his family, James attempts to understand the place of religion in Indian society today. Not sure if she really finds the answers, but it is an informative and sometimes amusing read. My only gripe is that she says dosas are made from chickpea flour, when in fact they are lentil (urid dal) flour, sometimes with rice flour too. Oh, and the nostalgic stuff about Melbourne at the end, how can you think that after being in India? 72/100


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