Ten Great Indian Audio Books

Ten Great Indian Audio Books

(1) The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy Actress Diana Quick, famous Julia from Brideshead Revisited, does a great job of reading Arundhati Roy’s masterful book. (2) Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert Perfect for some holiday listening. (3) Mark Tully’s India This compilation of Mark Tully’s acclaimed reports from India includes his specially […]

Win a hardback ‘The Art of Bollywood’ by Taschen

Win a hardback ‘The Art of Bollywood’ by Taschen

Since its inception in the second decade of the 20th century, the Bombay-based Indian film industry—Bollywood—has developed a unique visual language, articulated by the vivid hand-painted movie posters that have since become highly-desirable collectors’ items. While Bollywood poster artists produced a staggering number of these hand-painted images, their ephemeral work has traditionally been presented unevenly, […]

A new Indian fiction debut: Manu Joseph’s satirical tale…

A new Indian fiction debut: Manu Joseph’s satirical tale…

Ayyan Mani, head astronomer at the Institute of Theory and Research, works as a submissive personal assistant to a brilliant though arrogant astronomer, Arvind Acharya, who is obsessed with his theory about microscopic aliens falling to earth. Stranded in a humdrum life, Ayyan decides to amuse himself by weaving an outrageous fiction around his ten-year-old […]

The Golden Gate

The Golden Gate

Who would have thought that 590 stanzas of iambic tetrameter would be such a witty and thought provoking read. Vikram Seth’s remarkable achievement, based in San Francisco during the 1980’s, remains of the author’s best works and a favourite here at Indiaphile. All rights reserved Indiahile: for the best Indian arts, food, travel and yoga

Don’t miss these 5 superb documentaries on India

Don’t miss these 5 superb documentaries on India

(1) The Story of India – Complete BBC series, with Michael Wood For over two millennia, India has been at the centre of world history. But how did India come to be? What is India? These are the big questions behind this intrepid journey around the contemporary subcontinent. In this landmark series, historian and acclaimed […]

Road of Bones: by Fergal Keane

Road of Bones: by Fergal Keane

The epic story of one of the most savage battles of the Second World War. Kohima. In this remote Indian village near the border with Burma, a tiny force of British and Indian troops faced the might of the Imperial Japanese Army. Outnumbered ten to one, the defenders fought the Japanese hand to hand in […]

A new collection of Rudyard Kipling’s Travel Writing

A new collection of Rudyard Kipling’s Travel Writing

“The smell of All Asia boards the ship miles off shore, and holds the passenger’s nose till he is clear of Asia again.” Kipling, it seems, didn’t only explore India: he was a voracious traveller who visited more than twenty countries and lived on four continents, including not only France, Spain, Italy and Belgium but […]