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Chasing the Monsoon by Alexander Frater
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May 14, 12

bookshelves: biography-autobiography, non-fiction, travelogue
Read from April 30 to May 15, 2012

It's a romantic novel which makes you fall in love with the majesty of the rains. Alexander Frater, impelled by his tenuous connections with the Indian culture, starts off on a journey following the monsoon in India from the southern tip, and undergoing on a sinuous tour through the thick and thin of Indian culture, culminates his amazing journey in Cherrapunji. Or does the entangled Indian bureaucracy let him reach his destination?
The book is full of chance happenings, and meetings with people who are affable and whimsical at the same time, acting out in a typical way which has come to be characterized by the melange of cultures that India is. A readable book for anyone interested in experiencing the monsoons of India and her culture without actually stepping into India - that's how vivid the narrative is.
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