Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

This has been described as an Indian Trainspotting but the only similarities is its theme of drug taking and some musings on the concept of choice. The book consists of stories of the characters that haunt Rashid’s opium den in Bombay. Most of the time it is interesting and there are some excellent passages, but…

The island of Diu

Next morning we had an early train to Diu. Almost missed it though as we were waiting on the wrong platform and almost ended up in Rajkot instead. Nice trip through national park where we saw a herd of deer before arriving in Una where we waited ages for a bus. Finally made it to…

Behind the beautiful forevers by Katherine Boo

Superbly written, almost “fictionalized” ¬†account of life in the Annawadi slum of Mumbai. Certainly the guts of the people that battle through here can be uplifting, but at the same time the future looks pretty bleak, and I didn’t get any feeling of optimism at the end. What is also sad is that the residents…