The South Orissa to Karnataka

Of all of India, the south was by far my favourite region. Hard to explain why. Maybe the same reason as that which has kept me confined to the south of india: a hotter climate, more suited to my skin and bones born and acclimatised to the heat of the tropics; and a rice-based diet, which suits my gluten-intolerant stomach more than the wheat-based cuisine of the north does. There might also be something in the fact that the majority of Singaporean Indians (58%) are ethnic Tamils, a fact most evident in Singapore's style of Hindu temples. Much of what I encountered in the south was reminiscent of my birthplace, Singapore.

Delhi Deadlines by Sheldon Smith

A washed out journalist, posted to India to cover a bloody election campaign, uncovers truths about his son's life - and death - in the country, truths that test loyalties forged in the war zones of Bosnia and Rwanda. A fiercely evocative narrative of modern-day India, filled with the clamour and hot stinks of its capital, this is a novel of death woven through with life.

"The writing is very very good... the mysteriousness of Wyndham's death and the narrator's involvement will entice the reader to keep reading." - 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Expert Reviewer


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