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The Sea, The Surf

My A-List: What stood out from a blur of stories

The Sea, The Surf
The Sea, The Surf
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  I read 40 books every year. They are mainly works of fiction by Indian writers in Indian settings. A few are memoirs or biographies. I avoid books with more than 500 pages of text as they eat into my working time. My preferences are for good prose with information, descriptions of nature, well-etched characters spiced with humour and dollops of sex. Of the books I read in the last eleven years—about 440—only a few remain in my fast ageing memory. I will list them after a few words of broad observation. For a long time, the two authors I gave the pride of place to were Vikram Seth and Salman Rushdie. Seth's Golden Gate, A Suitable Boy and his travelogue, From Heaven Lake, were a sheer delight. However, his last two books—An Equal Music and Two Lives—have little to do with India and Indians. I felt Vikram had de-Indianised himself as an author. Rushdie, who at the best of times is hard to read, has become...
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