Resources on India recommended by Hadley Staff

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Resources on India recommended by Hadley Staff


1. Indian Culture: Traditions and Customs. This website discusses Indian food, religion, arts and many more topics.

2. India. This website includes information on India’s geography, demographics and history.

3. This website has its own list of movies and books to read before going to India.

Non-fiction Books

(descriptions taken from

1. Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre (2011). A poignant reminder of the defining moments of the end of the British Raj, the independence of 400 million people, their division into India and the newly created Pakistan. Time Magazine raised a poetic salutation to this brilliantly written book, hailing it as the Song of India

2. Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha (2014). A biography of Mohandas Gandhi that gives us the most illuminating portrait of the life, the work and the historical context of one of the most abidingly influential—and controversial—men in modern history

3. India: A Portrait by Patrick French (2011). India is fast undergoing one of the most momentous transformations the world has ever seen. In this dazzlingly panoramic book, Patrick French chronicles that epic change, telling human stories to explain a larger national narrative.

4. India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha (2008). An account of the pains, the struggles, the humiliations, and the glories of the world's largest and least likely democracy

5. The Fishing Fleet: Husband Hunting in the Raj by Anne de Courcy (2014). A fascinating, hugely entertaining account of the Victorian women who traveled halfway around the world on the hunt for a husband.

Fiction Books

1. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster (1965). Among the greatest novels of the twentieth century and the basis for director David Lean’s Academy Award-winning film, A Passage to India tells of the clash of cultures in British India after the turn of the century.

2. Beneath A Marble Sky by John Shors (2013) The story of how, in 1632, the Emperor of Hindustan, overwhelmed with grief over the death of his beloved wife, commissioned the building of a grand mausoleum to symbolize the greatness of their love.

3. The Splendor of Silence by Indu Sundaresan (2007). A sweeping and poignant story of forbidden love.

4. The Temple Dancer: A Novel of India by John Speed (2007). This historical novel takes place in India in 1657. When Maya, a graceful, young temple dancer with a mysterious past, is sold into slavery, she enters a world of intrigue, and violence.

5. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2008). The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society.

6. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. There is also a movie by the same title “Midnight’s Children”.

7. From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan by Helena Pretrovna-Blavatsky (this eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions and re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at


1. The Gift of a Cow by Munshi Premchand

2. Last Man In Tower by Aravind Adiga

3. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistri

4. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

5. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

6. Train To Pakistan by Kushwant Singh

7. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai


(All descriptions, unless noted otherwise, are from

1. East, Pray, Love (2010) Liz Gilbert (Roberts) had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having - a husband, a house, a successful career - yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali. - Written by Sony Pictures

2. Monsoon Wedding (2001) A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.

3. Quartet (2012) Starring Maggie Smith. At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.

4. Slumdog Millionaire (2008). A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.

5. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

6. The Apu Trilogy, Satyajit Ray, Director. The three films, which were made in India by Satyajit Ray between 1950 and 1959, swept the top prizes at Cannes, Venice and London, and created a new cinema for India… an adaptation of a famous serial novel about the birth and young manhood of Apu--born in a rural village, formed in the holy city of Benares, educated in Calcutta, then a wanderer. (

7. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (meaning sometimes happiness; sometimes sorrow) , a classic 3.5 hour Bollywood extravaganza, with all the familiar themes of romance, family etc. Lots of music and dance numbers.

8. Lagaan (meaning land tax), Aamir Khan director and leading role. Another Hollywood classic with song, dance, romance, evil British soldiers and best of all, an hour-long cricket match as the final climax.


1. Outsourced (2010). A manager is sent to India to oversee a staff of customer service representatives.

Travel to India specialists

1. Oriental Adventure tour group.

2. Zicasso Tours.

3. Reputable travel agents and tour operators/suggestions.

4. India Tours Packages

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