The death of an American woman in India serves as the pretext for a thoughtful, sociologically precise novel about the religious tensions racking the. 9 Sep Shashi Tharoor This novel, published in , is the writer’s fifth work. It is set against the backdrop of the explosive situation in India just before. Shashi Tharoor experiments brilliantly with narrative form, chronicling the mystery Intellectually provocative and emotionally charged, Riot is a novel about the.

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Slowly Priscilla’s experiences in India are revealed up to the moment of her death. A memory that Priscilla kept, as an icon of what she had cherished and lost A father who let his daughter down, and a mother who couldn’t forgive her husband.

You’re required to forgive Priscilla for being exactly like her father, a person she hates for the same mistake that she is herself committing in the name of love.

Jun 02, Smitha rated it really liked it Shelves: What good are all our efforts as long as men have the power to do this to us? When her parents travel to India to probe the events preceding her death, they are told of Hindu-Muslim conflicts over the Babri rilt, which is situated on sacred Hindu ground, and of a chaotic religious parade that spiraled into violence.

Books by Shashi Tharoor. I think ‘Riot’ triumphs in managing both the sides’ facts, their history and their arguments, very well. The events that inspired this book predate my birth. A father who perhaps, for the first time ever, broke down on seeing everything that remained of his daughter, who was reduced to the things she owned after her death. Liked it because of the background info it provided on the communal riots in India in and Indian culture in general. Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video.


Riot by Shashi Tharoor

He presents historical background clearly and allows for multiple interpretations of events, assigning no blame and making no declarations of truth. I admire Shashi Tharoor. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

I mean, on a train, we are all indistinguishable from any other Indian middle-class familyaren’t we? You’re required to forgive Lakshman for being such a loser and at the same time grant him the credit for being a great father and you’re required to love Gurinder for being so wonderful despite the fact that he needs to rinse his mouth with soap and water.

I didn’t think that you were like the diplomat version of Chetan Bhagat. Shwshi, has a penchant for Wilde, but he is bound to Indian tradition, and listens when his friend, police chief and fellow St. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The British Empire in India. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Lakshman, the graduate of a highly selective Indian college, St.

However, one might question, when it comes to relationships, that if you find your true soul-mate, thxroor is it necessary that you must have a carnal relationship with them? From his detailed, coherent explanation of divisions in India “Ensure that rkot protects the multiple identities of Indians, so that people feel that you can be a good Muslim and a good Bihari and a good Indian, all at once. Piece of history described with emotion.


Also liked the format, quite innovative. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Tharoor’s story is about a larger topic than the undoing of one innocent American—it is about the potential fragmentation of the secular Indian republic, a tragedy in the making. Amazon Prime Music Stream millions of songs, ad-free. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.

The ill-fated romance of Priscilla Hart, a young American working at rioot birth control clinic in India, and Lakshman, an older, married, Indian civil servant, is an engrossing story in its own right, but it serves a much wider purpose in this ambitious and utterly fascinating novel. The one who loves history political socialissues and fiction. His torrid, yet surprisingly tender affair with the victim remains the focus of the book, as does his internal turmoil.

When published in newspaper, it was ignored merely as a piece of news but no one ever thought about so many questions this particular conflict raises the answers to which may solve the problem altogether! A country divided on the lines of religion, language, and caste. A few weeks later, Priscilla’s divorced parents, Katharine and Rudyard Hart, travel to Zalilgarh to pick up her effects and to find out what happened.

A good read though. Frequent quotes of Wilde is always a welcome bonus.