I remember when I first visited India in 2000, I read almost every book about the country that I could get my hand on. Some were novels, others were travelogues. I just wanted to understand India as much as possible.
Years later, after I ended up moving to India, a different set of shocks and experiences awaited me -- getting to know a new city and how it functions. I must admit my first year in Mumbai was often a frustrating and bewildering one. I wished there was some book I could read, written by a foreigner who'd settled there, that would help me make sense of it all.
Fast forward nearly four years later, and I'm honored to be Chief Guest at a book launch in Mumbai this evening! The book is called Delirious Delhi. It's written by an American guy, Dave Prager from the popular blog Our Delhi Struggle. He and his wife spent a year and a half living in Delhi, and he's put pen to paper (or rather fingers to keyboard these days!) about it.
Sure, the book is about Delhi and not Mumbai, but there's still much I can relate to in it. What I love about the book is that the author actually immersed himself in the city and the people (without the usual car and driver that most expat have, and with learning Hindi). He deciphers Delhi, and Indian culture and behavior, in an entertaining and respectful way. He really brings the city, and India, to life. Yet, the book also offers something for Indian readers. It sheds light on expats, and why they behave the way they do.
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