John Keay

Shine & Squalor

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum


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India Rising: Tales from a Changing Nation


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Following Fish: Travels around the Indian Coast


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These three books just about sum up modern India: nauseating in its indifference to social deprivation, tiresome in its obsession with globalised modernity, and utterly charming when least expected. The works of three journalists, one American, one English and one Indian, all of these books have merit; none disappoints and one positively delights.

Katherine Boo, a socially conscientious staffer at the New Yorker who is married to the Indian political historian Sunil Khilnani, elected to explore how the urban poor of her husband’s homeland are being affected by their experience

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