|Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand||
A classic fictional account of the very real issues around caste.
|The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy||
The Booker Prize-winning labyrinthine, charming tale of two twins…
|River of Fire by Qurratulain Hyder||
The defining classic of Urdu literature, a millennia-spanning epic published in 1959 and only recently translated into English.
|Cast Me Out if You Will by Lalithambika Antherjanam||
A Malayalam writer from the Kerala region and one of India’s early feminists depicts Indian women’s challenges and triumphs in a series of short stories.
|The Cost of Living by Arundhati Roy||
In two essays, the acclaimed fiction writer examines how the debates around dam building and nuclear power reflect some of the issues facing modern India.
|City of Djinns by William Dalrymple||
A meticulous and fascinating look at the wonders and horrors of Dehli past and present.
|Autobiography : The Story of My Experiments With Truth by Mohandas Gandhi||
Gandhi’s inner musings on truth and non-violence.
|Pilgrimage to India by Pramila Jayapal||
After 25 years away, writer and activist Pramila Jayapal returned to India in 1995 and spent two years reacquainting herself with the place where she was born and raised. Pilgrimage to India: A Woman Revisits Her Homeland captures some of her impressions and experiences as she confronts the culture that both enchants and enrages her. A recommended read for anyone who liked Adventure Divas’ India: Holy Cow.
|Films & Documentaries|
|Salaam Bombay by Mira Nair||
A young boy makes his way in the streets of Mumbai.
|Bandit Queen by Shekhar Kapur||
A movie about the life of the late Phoolan Devi, an outlaw-turned-Parliamentarian and champion of the lower castes and who was recently shot dead outside her home.
|Fire by Deepa Mehta||
From the film dilogy directed by Canadian/Indian Deepa Mehta. Fire is a story of two sisters-in-law who fall in love in modern-day Delhi…
|Earth by Deepa Mehta||
...Earth is based on Parsee novelist Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel about an eight-year-old girl growing up during the 1947 partition of India. One half of the dilogy by Deepa Mehta.
|Passage to India by David Lean||
Whatever happened in the Marabar caves? Based on the classic by E.M. Forster. Button-down Brits fumble around with Indian mysticism. Gorgeous scenery.
|As Night Falls on Silk Road||
Cross-cultural Persian and Indian improvisations with Tabla by the masters.
Trip Guide: India
A Few Tips For Negotiating the Delicious Chaos of India
recommended reading, listening and viewing
- Top Cop
- Economic Revolutionary
- Classic/Pop Diva
- Tabla Maestra
- Coming Back
Returning to India
- Modern Women
Feminism is Relative
- Leaves and Thorns
- Hard Labor
Slideshow: Sweating it Out
- Tackling Caste Oppression
Protesting Bias in India
- Global Gigs
- Trip Guide: Cuba
Practicalities, Packing, & our Fave Books, Flicks, Music