Backwaters — Alappuzha, India →
Capital City — Trivandrum, India →
Book List 2011: Book 15
Ian Rankin - Knots and Crosses I wasn’t expecting much from this book as I thought that Rankin was the writer of the terrible movie, ‘Ghost Writer’ which starred Pierce Brosnan and Ewan Mcgregor, when I found out that he wasn’t and he also had won the CWA Dagger for Crime writing, something that James Lee Burke has also won, I started to raise my expectations and they were...
Shopping in Delhi — New Delhi, India →
Book List 2011: Book 14
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - No One Writes to the Colonel (Just a quick side note, from now on I will change the name of the title of these blogs to the book number rather than the week as the weeks are starting to get confusing as I’m reading more than one book a week at the moment and for the previous week I was reading one book over two weeks. After reading ‘Love in the Time of...
Book List 2011: Week 13
Chuck Palahniuk - Invisible Monsters The way this book is written is brilliant: short, sharp and funny paragraphs that change from the narrator describing the scene to thoughts of the characters. It kept me intrigued and constantly keen to keep going. The story is about a model who has an accident which no longer allows her to be her beautiful self and the people around her that have caused the...
The Taj Mahal — Agra, India →
Booklist 2011. Week 12
Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist Although the first few pages seemed like a child’s book after reading the 10 page long descriptions of Shantaram this book still had me thinking about life and fate once it was finished. The book follows a young Andalusian shepherd traveling from Andalusia to Egypt in search of treasure which he has seen at the Pyramids in a dream. The book talks about: fate,...
Booklist 2011. Week 9-11
Gregory David Roberts - Shantaram Being in India and reading Shantaram is the thing to do it appears while traveling. Within the first few days of reading it I saw at least 5 other travelers reading it or carrying the huge 900+ page book, but what a book it is. The book covers Gregory David Roberts’s (GDR) life in Mumbai after he escaped a maximum security prison in New Zealand and fled to...
Camels Sandcastles — Jaisalmer, India →
2011 Booklist week 5-9
Still on track for my 52 books in a year and have a 6 hour bus journey to smash a couple of pages of shantaram tomorrow so hopefully this week will be a successful read too. James Lee Burke - Jolie Blon’s Bounce Another Burke book that I thoroughly enjoyed however I wish I hadn’t read Sunset Limited directly before this as this book was by far the better book and they shared a very...
Meera Ghar! — Udaipur, India →