Saturday, January 28, 2012

India Calling

Book menu for India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking by Anand Giridharadas

ISBN of edition I read: 9780805091779 (hardcover)

This is very well-written book by the son of Indian parents who emigrated to the United States in the 1970s. The author was born and raised in America but moved to India for a few years after college. His book describes the time spent in his parents native land and how India has changed and not changed in the last thirty years.

Food mentioned in India Calling:
Baingan kabharta, 3
Rajma chawal, 3
Mutter paneer, 3
Penne with tomato sauce, 3
Kit Kat bars, 4
Aloo parathas, 4, 216, 232, 234
Johnnie Walker Back, 5
Stilton cheese, 5
Omelets, 8, 38
Bhel puri, 12
Cheesecake, 20
Samosas, 27
Pakodas, 27, 62
Vadas, 27
Chai, 27, 202
Rotis, 36, 52, 132
Jalebis, 62
Tea sandwiches, 78
Domino's pizza, 84
Gin and tonics, 90
Chaat, 95
Ice cream, 97
Dosas, 98
Mangos, 107
Lentil soup, 175
Fried capsicum, 175
Pani puri, 188
Croissants, 202
Chapatis, 202
Nimbu panni, 227
Chicken and mutton with sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, 228
Popsicles, 229

Books mentioned in India Calling:
Superstar India / Shobhaa De, 14
Enid Blyton, 16
Jane Austen, 16
W. Somerset Maugham, 16
The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald, 21
How to Win Friends and Influence People / Dale Carnegie, 59
Kabir (poet), 72
Rabindranath Tagore, 73, 250
Thomas Babington Macaulay, 77
Langston Hughes, 82
"Is There an Indian Way of Thinking?" (article) / A.K. Ramanujan, 113
Immanuel Kant, 113
Jawaharlal Nehru, 115, 123, 137
William Dalrymple, 13
The Development Dictionary / Wolfgang Sachs, 142
Thomas Friedman, 150

Movies mentioned in India Calling:
Jab We Met, 84
Right Yaaa Wrong, 84
U Me Aur Hum, 84
Brahmachari, 120
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, 173

Music mentioned in India Calling:
Miles Davis, 16-17
Ravi Shankar, 84

Television mentioned in India Calling :
The Great Indian, ?
Laughter Challenge, 49
He-Man, 54
Spider-man, 54
Batman, 54
Mahabharata, 54
Indian Idol, 127
Friends, 170
Seinfeld, 170
Sex and the City, 170

Libraries mentioned in India Calling:
page 4: "It was the sensible frugality of getting books from the library rather than the bookstore..."

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