Whenever I am in the world there is no doubt I will have a minimum of 3 books in my backpack, Tom thinks I’m crazy for lugging them around all the time; but I couldn’t think of anything worse than not having something to read. You will always catch me reading a book on or about the country I am in. Here are the books that kept me sane on the crazy long bus and train rides we caught every couple of days.
The novel of “Balram Halwai” describing his transformation and experience from a poor Indian Villager, working as a servant for a wealthy Indian family to becoming an entrepreneur in Bangalore. The White Tiger explains the class system in India in the form of a letter to the President of China who will be visiting Bangalore.
Shantaram is the autobiographical novel of Gregory David Roberts a heroin addict who escaped from jail in Australia and flees to Mumbai to start a new life as a fugitive.
Australian journalist Sarah Macdonald backpacked her way though India in her twenties and hated everything about it and swore she would never come back. An airport beggar read her palm and told her she would return to India, 11 years later the prophecy comes true and she finds herself back in India.
Okay, so, this book isn’t about India but it’s the incredibly courageous story of Malala Yousafzai the girl who stood up for education when the Taliban in Pakistan stopped girls from going to school, who then eventually got shot by the Taliban.
Hippies Never Die is a collection of travel stories by Roger Rea, who decided he didn’t want to be part of the 9-to-5, dog-eat-dog, “choose a job, career, family, big television, washing machine, fixed-interest mortgage repayments, starter home, three-piece suit” lifestyle – in other words the System. After road tripping from Switzerland to India once, he did it again and again in a Mercedes-Benz coach he remodelled into a home-one-wheels for himself and four passengers.
Hippies Never Die is a novel that is sold locally in India, although if you want to get your own copy click here