These are the last three books I read. I love to read books by Indian authors or with a story that takes place in India and I collect these kind of books as well. Most of them are unfortunately stored in Sweden which is a shame, my dream is to one day have all my favorite titles collected in a library of my own! None of these three books are by any of my favorite authors like Salman Rushdie for example, but they’re definitely worth reading I have to say!
Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna is a story set in Southwest India in the late 19th century. It’s a story about a very strong-willed girl, unrequited love and life changing choices that has to be made. It is the kind of story that you feel sad to finish, because you know that you have to leave this wonderful world that you’ve been inside while reading. I seriously felt like starting all over again when the last page came. Seriously great debut by author Mandanna, she has a way of describing every little detail is such a skillful way that you get completely absorbed in the story.
Poser by Claire Dederer is perhaps not the most literary spectacular book I’ve read. This auto biographical novel is more light entertainment you could say. It’s the kind of book you read in the bathtub because the chapters are short and the story witty and entertaining. Especially if you’re into yoga and this whole healthy lifestyle movement. Then it’s very very funny! The author, brought up by hippie parents and a mom with two husbands in the 70′s, has been through some really though stuff and she writes about it in her own unique way.
A Search in Secret India by Paul Brunton (here in the swedish version “Till Indien”) is an old favorite. This is probably the 4th time I read this book (first time was in 1998) and it is one of the reasons to my huge obsession with India. Brunton traveled through India during the British rule in a time where no one in the west had ever heard about yoga or swamis. He traveled across India and talked, interviewed and befriended these yogis and yoginis while at the same time doing some kind of inner spiritual journey. It is a extremely fascinating book that I will never be tired of re-reading!
What have you all been reading lately? Anything good? Please give me some tips!