Recommended Readings

EASA Reading Recommendation

S.No Book Title Book Author Please describe the book and why you think it would be a good choice for the EASA Community. (3-5 sentences) Online Link if any
1 Ganga to Mekong- A Cultural Voyage through Textiles Hema Devare The book deals with the cultural connection between India and South-east Asia and the role played by Indian Textiles as mobile cultural vehicles in cementing this connection. http://www.amazon.in/Ganga-Mekong-Cultural-Through-Textiles/dp/9350981084
2 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce It's James Joyce. It's understandable. The theme of the book weaves the intellectual arousal of the main character undergoing a serious of religious renewals. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4217
3 The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery It is a very interesting novel, translated from the French, about an older woman who is a concierge, not rich, but extremely interested in art and music and reading; and a rich young girl who lives in the same building. They share the same views about life and things in general.  
4 Karachi Halwa Prabhu Dayal Karachi Halwa is witty but insightful portrayal of Zia ul Haq's rule in Pakistan. Ambassador Prabhu Dayal shares his recollections of that period and keeps you laughing throughout his account of the bumpy ride of Pakistan's domestic politics and his relationship with India. It would be of interest to EASA members because of its content and hilarious anecdotes. www.zorbabooks.com
5 Diplomatic Baggage the adventures of a trailing spouse Brigid Keenan Describes our life in the Foreign Service with a great deal of humor! The author also has a chapter on her spouse 's posting in India  
6 Accidental Apprentice Mr. Vikas Swarup As the book is written by our own service officer  
7 Farthest Fields Raghu Karnad Story about India's involvement in the second World War. It's a beautifully written account of that period and we'll worth a read.  
8 Jinnah often came to our house Kiran Doshi Story of India and families in Bombay in the run up to independence written in excellent literary style