Fiction Map Of The World- India

by Travelbag on 28 January 2015, 17:01PM Fiction Map Of The World- India

A summer trip to India is surely a dream come true for anybody and everybody who has ever dreamed about immersing themselves in a completely unfamiliar culture. It is the ideal place for those who want to experience the exotic, in all of its many different forms. 

They say that your first Indian holiday is impossible to forget, and it is not difficult to see why. This endlessly beautiful and vibrant country promises so much more than a fortnight on a beach in Europe ever could. There is action and adventure at every turn, as well as much culture as you dare to get involved with. You simply cannot experience India passively; you have to dive in headfirst.  

Essential Holiday Reading

The literary culture of India is one of the richest in the world, so you should have no problem whatsoever picking out a truly magnificent novel or short story, by a wonderful Indian author. You cannot go wrong with Village by the Sea, by award winning writer Anita Desai. It won the British Guardian prize, for its unflinching depiction of child poverty and hardship – its young protagonists Lila and Hari are only 13 and 12 years old, but they must struggle to keep their family together. This is a very powerful novel and is the ideal choice for an epic and gripping reads.

Notable Indian Books

As mentioned above, the literary culture of India is extremely rich, and has nurtured great talents like Arundhati Roy – the author of internationally renowned novel The God of Small Things. This book won the Man Booker Prize in 1997, and follows the adventures and misfortunes of twin girls, who discover that the littlest of details can make a huge difference. For a romantic read, whilst you are sunbathing on the beach, or travelling the country on an overnight train, pick up I Too Had a Love Story, by Ravinder Singh. This is a deeply sentimental story perfect for those lazy, hazy days on holiday.    

Notable Indian Authors

The internationally acclaimed author R. K. Narayan is widely praised for his 1951 novel The Financial Expert. It is a deeply psychological and metaphysical narrative, which explores the themes of desire, ambition, leadership and responsibility. Its protagonist, Margayya, takes it upon himself to offer his fellow townsfolk financial advice from a precise position under a banyan tree. It has been frequently hailed as one of the most original works of the last 50 years. As an author, Narayan tends to write in a very intimate style, making semi-autobiographical confessions and linking narratives with those of his own personal life and experiences.   

Notable Indian Films

As most people are aware, even if they have never visited India, the country has its own specific style of film industry – called Bollywood. In this characteristic mould, hundreds of popular movies are produced every year, usually featuring lots of singing and dancing. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find anything quite as uniquely energetic and fun as a Bollywood film set. This type of cinema has its own style of dialogue, costume, set pieces, narratives and rules. For a good example of contemporary Bollywood cinema, take a peek at the recent film Kill Dll. It is the case that Bollywood films are now regularly shown in mainstream cinemas across British and America.

Essential Holiday Listening

If you have a penchant for exciting and vibrant world music, you are sure to adore the many different sounds of India. The traditional forms of music played here are called Hindustani and Carnatic – both are energetic, fun and great for dancing to after a well-deserved lunch. Yet, there is also a huge amount of contemporary music in India, as the country is exposed to lots of different western influences. It has a thriving DJ scene, with figures like DJ Amit and DJ Shadow Dubai making it big both in India and in various other countries, across the globe. For a more traditional sound, try acclaimed Carnatic musician Sikkil C. Gurucharan.  

Notable Indian Musicians

The popular rock group LGB, which stands for Little Babooshka’s Grind, are highly regarded in India – primarily because they refuse to play cover versions, preferring to stick to original compositions. They produce energetic, vibrant music with surprisingly thoughtful lyrics – fans of American soft rock bands are likely to have an affinity for this kind of sound. If soft, thoughtful rock does not sound like your thing, you might prefer Pentagram, who play a blend of rock and electronica. They have a very fresh, modern sound which is currently proving extremely popular with young music fans in India. Plus, all of its members are active within the Bollywood industry, writing and producing songs for mainstream movies.  

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