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Over the months, I have occasionally referred and deferred to a Delhi book club that my wife and I grace. The core membership is composed of Indian academics, although there is a contingent of foreigners who beat feet to the meet once a month to discuss a book, followed by dinner.
In our May gathering it was decided that June should be skipped because of the hot season and that by almost universal acclaim, the next book would be Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. And my heart sank because, truth be known, I have a secret fear of big books and have managed to avoid the commitment until this one.
But it is much more than a demimonde travelogue, as Roberts addresses fundamental questions of love and redemption, all wrapped up in his persona of writer and intellectual of the first magnitude. Underlying all, his incredible chops.
Read the first three paragraphs. If they do not convince you then leave it be. Goodbye and good luck
I guess you should also put Babyji in your shopping cart too. During our discussion of her book, Dawesar said that the published book was only one third of her original manuscript that would have put it in the same heft league as Shantaram, which I feel needs no editing at all.
Both books are fine, must-reads for any serious writer.
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