Recent books have tried to capture the essence of India—but is it possible to draw conclusions from a country of a billion people?
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Slum By Katherine Boo (Granta, £14.99)
India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India By Akash Kapur (Riverhead, £17)
Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast By Samanth Subramanian (Atlantic, £12.99)
For a certain type of Indian novelist writing in English, the idea of India is both blessing and scourge. A blessing in terms of readership, for since the country has come to be considered…
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