Indian Novels That Inspire You To Travel

Indian Novels That Inspire You To Travel
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From Kerala's backwaters to the depths of the Andaman

Khushi Khurana
May 28 , 2019
13 Min Read

 

The God Of Small Things

 
 
 
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"That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less..." . . 'God of small things' by Arundhati Roy is just an epic book. This book is not a drama or tragedy , this is reality; Reality of not so perfect family and reality hurts because it tells the truth. This is not one of those book that you start reading it and complete in one go. This is a book where you live different lives with tones of different emotions. Even though I can't relate to the characters of estha and rahel but I can feel their pain because of author Arundhati Roy's writing style , the plots are non linear but still intriguing. The narrative format is somewhere in poetic form which makes this book more beautiful. 📖❤ï¸Â 📖 ♥ï¸Â 📖 Overall a heart pounding book which will make you feel sad , betrayed , anguish and sympathetic at the end.📖❤ . #bookmania #bookstagram #bookobsessed #loveforbooks #booklover #books #bookworm #bookaddict #bookcommunity #bookoftheday #bookclub #booksofinstagram #booknerd #bookholic #bookstagrammer #bookmaaniaa #bookstagramindia #book #bookish #bookquotes #booktography #booksofig #booksbooksbooks #loveforbooks #godofsmallthings #arundhatiroy #penguinbooks #penguinindia

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Taking you through the lakes and hillsides of Kottayam in her first book, Arundhati Roy manages to lure you into travelling to the district yourself. The book makes you want to sit by the Meenachil river and let your imagination run and create the story around it. Even the Hotel in Kochi described in the book is inspired by real property, The SeaLord Hotel. Even though the village is a town now, you can feel the essence of Roy’s Kerala in the air of Kottayam.

The Blue Umbrella

 
 
 
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Book review 6 . The blue umbrella by Ruskin Bond ☔ Ruskin Bond never fails to fascinate his readers with his amazing stories. His stories are short but delightful. His writing technique is worth appreciating. ☔ This book is a story of a girl who exchanges her valuable lucky pendent for a showy blue umbrella. The kind of umbrella she possessed was different from the usual one - beautiful border , bright color and an umbrella which captured everyone's eyes. Every one in the village was jealous of her precious possession. The richest man of the village who had a shop was extremely jealous of her - he tries a lot to get it but failed every time. But eventually one day his servant tried to steal it but he too failed. Everyone became familiar with this incident and stopped visiting his shop. He became isolated and sad. Seeing this, she gave her umbrella to him saying - human are more important than showy umbrellas. She showed humanity and gave her umbrella for free to him and in return he gifted her a pendent which was more precious than the previous one. ☔ Pages - 80 Cost - 57 Author - Ruskin Bond Rating - â­Ââ­Ââ­Ââ­Â/5 ☔ This book is a mind freshener and if you're having a hepatic day and you need a break, just pick this up and read it.. You'll surely feel relax. ☔ This book can be read by all ages and I loved how Ruskin gave such a beautiful message of humanity to his lovely readers. ☔ Question - which book can make you feel positive and happy? ☔ #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #book #ruskinbond #indianbookblogger #theblueumbrella

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Drawing his inspiration from the beautiful landscapes of the Himachal valley and his own childhood memories from Dehradun and Mussoorie, Ruskin Bond with his book makes everyone fall in love with the humble foothills of the Himalayas. Although set in a village in Himachal, the movie based on the story was shot in Khajiar making for the perfect scenery. The simple narrative and beautiful use of words make the readers of the book wish to walk on these roads with the blue umbrella shading them.

A Suitable Boy

 
 
 
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Probably the longest book on my shelf right now and the most intimidating but I want to start on this sooner or later because 1) I need time to finish it and 2) I’ve heard nothing but brilliant things about this one. - What’s the biggest book on your shelf right now? Did you read it or plan to read it soon? #unitedbookstagram #bookstagramista #igbooks #readerforlife #worldliterature #lovetoread #newbook #readinglist #readingissexy #readingislife #bookishallure #becauseofreading #seekthesimplicity #bookishlife #bookishgirl #bookishpost #readingtime #booktime #goodbook #timetoread #booksbooksbooks #bookobsessed #booksandcoffee #readmorebooks #readersofinstagram #vikramseth #asuitableboy

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Along with a fictional town on the banks of Ganges, Vikram Seth’s book also takes its readers on to a journey in the 1950s. Into the streets of newly independent cities of Kolkata and Delhi. Although our character's life takes the foreground in the background of the grim politics of the time, the book still has space and capacity to draw you to the simple streets, markets and culture of these megacities.

Latitudes of Longing

 
 
 
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Back with a #bookrecommendation today! . I read Latitudes of Longing by @swarupshubhangi last year when the book was shortlisted for @thejcbprize and fell in love! Intensely lyrical the story follows the life of Girija Prasad, a scientist in the Andaman Islands in a newly independent India. It talks of the Island’s inhabitants and it’s surrounding environment. Nature or to be more specific “Earth” is the binding as well as connecting link in this book; we go from Islands to Fault-lines of Burma with Its Civil war and military regime, we follow the freedom and imprisonment of one Plato, know his mother..... we travel to the mountains and then to the glaciers, a place where the most primitive of tribes show wisdom surpassing the brightest of minds.... . It’s been almost a year and I still find myself thinking of the book! It’s as fresh in my mind as it was then. Isn’t that wonderful? Do you have some books that leave an indelible impression on your mind? - Mansi #latitudesoflonging #jcbprize #onthebed #booklover #met_createchange #indianfiction #bookstagramindia #indianauthors #womanauthor #onthebedproject #onthebed_project #booksandcoffee #coffeetime #bookrecommendations #bookrecs #weekendreads #cozyreading #hyggelife #myhyggehome #cozytime #morningcoffee #cozybedroom #knittedblanket #bookstagram #bookcommunity #openbook #bookpages #bookcollector #unitedbookstagram

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Starting from the enthralling Islands of Andaman in the East to further across the border of Burma, author Shubhangi Swarup has done a brilliant job capturing the reader’s imagination through her words. Venturing into the Karakoram mountains, the book leaves you awestruck and wishing to visit the place one day, to stand on these latitudes and experience the emotion.

The Inheritance of Loss

 
 
 
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A wonderful masterpiece in writing and storytelling The Inheritance of Loss By Kiran Desai . . . #book #books #bookstagram #bookworm #bookworm #bookshelf #bookworms #bookish #booklove #booknerd #bookstagrammer #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookporn #booklover #kirandesai #theinheritanceofloss

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Amidst the clouds on the Indian side of the Himalayas, surrounded by picturesque Anglo-Indian architecture in the peaceful mountains of Kalimpong, sits the plot of Kiran Desai’s second novel; The Inheritance of Loss. While exploring the political and social setting of the 80s, this novel slowly and secretly makes you so fond of the place, that it becomes a part of your bucket list.

Love and Longing in Bombay

 
 
 
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I finished reading Vikram Chandra's second book - Love and Longing in Bombay, a collection of stories which are not forced upon each other to create a charismatic writing effect but it is the sheer storytelling which made me fell in love with his writing. I guess, people might not be knowing that this book beat Roy's The God of Small Things to be crowned the winner of Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Eurasia region. . . . For it's enticing storytelling, gripping narrative, and complex subplots, I recommend each one of you to read it. And, we have Sartaj Singh in this book as well who is, now a household name with Sacred Games's Netflix series. #booksandstuffsnerds #brokebibliophiles #bookhoarder #bookstagram #readstagram #loveandlonginginbombay #vikramchandra #stories #storytelling #sartajsingh #sacredgames #thegodofsmallthings #arundhatiroy #netflix #bombay #bombayreads #bombayreaders

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Narrating the story from a cheap local bar in Mumbai, taking you through the roads, streets and lives of South Bombay, Vikram Chandra’s stories in the book, let you find yourself keen to learn about the city. Even though many books have time and again attempted to capture the spirit of Bombay, these 5 stories do an exceptional job keeping it real. Just like the characters, the town has its own arch, making you want to visit the part of the city just to experience the love and longing.


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