India is one of the countries on the top of my Travel Bucket List. Therefore, I believe, when traveling somewhere new and culturally different – books and movies could be quite helpful in terms of understanding a local culture! Check my list of favorite books and movies about India!

Books and movies about India: Know the culture

India is one of the countries on the top of my Travel Bucket List. Therefore, I believe, when traveling somewhere new and culturally-different, books & movies could be quite helpful in terms of understanding a local culture! Reading and watching the same things that the locals do could help you to get a different perspective, especially coming from Europe or the States.

Let´s say this is how you get a small cultural preview of your future trip!

The most interesting thing about India is that it won´t leave you indifferent: that´s for sure. People tend either to love it forever or to dislike it completely.

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One way or another, to experience a new culture on the other side of the world is always a mind-opening experience, don´t you think so?!

Want to experience the magic of India straight from your home?! – Check this list of my favorite books and movies about India!

Books and movies about India: What to watch?

  • My name is Khan (2010)
  • Taare Zameen Par (2007)
  • Gandhi (1982)
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

There´s no India without some iconic Bollywood stories! I´m honestly not a Bollywood fan. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed these movies below: loved how they reflect the culture, traditions, problems and hopes of Indians in their daily lives. Need a little splash of colours?! – How about some colourful sarees and rhythmic dances?!

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  • Devdas (2002)
  • Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
  • Raavan (2010)
  • Guzaarish (2010)

Books and movies about India: What to read?

  • “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga (2008) –  a Booker prize winner, very ironic, sometimes shocking and yet full of funny moments (some even darkly humorous), but extraordinary written!
  • Osho – I could start spamming with quotes, but if you still haven´t read any of the Osho books – you better start now! Osho is one of the greatest spiritual masters and motivators of our time. I do not necessarily agree with all of his views&opinions, but I´ve definitely found some “brain food” and useful advice in his books!
  • “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts (2003) – an international bestseller, loved it from the first chapter! As the debut novel of Australian writer, it is essentially an autobiographical piece of work, but parts of it are reportedly fiction as well. But you know what? You feel an author genuinely loves India, his warmth towards the country and its people literally shines through the pages! Apparently, it´s contagious, you can´t help it but feel the same way!
  • “Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rudshie (2005) – talented, controversial, full of social criticism and very deep thoughts! Salman Rudshie´s books are not the easiest to read for me, they are full of metaphors – it´s like nothing else you´ve ever read! In particularly “Midnight´s Children” won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was deemed to be “the best novel of all winners” on two separate occasions, marking the 25th and the 40th anniversary of the prize. It´s enough reason to give it a try, isn´t it?
  • “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy (1997) – another booker prize winner. I should warn you this book has made me sad right from its first chapters, and yet I couldn’t stop reading till the last word. A forbidden love story, political and personal dramas, mysterious tale of misunderstanding and pain, echoing through the years… so many small things that ended up making a big difference!
  • “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo (2012) – a Pulitzer Prize winner. I´ve just started reading it myself, so can´t share my full impression yet!

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