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…

The funniest thing about India is that people tend either to love it forever or to dislike it completely. Can´t wait to discover which type I am…

One way or another, to experience a new culture on the other side of the world is always a mind-opening experience. Feel the magic of India through this list: you won´t regret it.

Movies

About India:

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

Bollywood: (not a Bollywood fan, but honestly, loved how these movies reflect culture, traditions, problems and hopes of an Indian daily life)

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

Books

  • “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga (2008) –  Booker prize winner: on my view –  very ironic, sometimes shocking and yet full of lol moments (mostly darkly humorous)
  • Osho (Read more)
  • “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts (2003) – bestseller, loved it from the first chapter (p.s. through the chapters describing the Indian prison were hard to read)
  • “Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rudshie (2005) – talented, controversial, full of social criticism and deep thoughts
  • “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy (1997) – Booker prize winner, this book made me sad right from its first chapters, and yet I couldn’t stop reading till the last word
  • “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo (2012)

With love,

Anna💗

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