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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A compelling, chilling novel where characters fade in and out, paths lead nowhere, and nothing is quite what it seems Amrit is a reporter for the Sentinel, dispatched to 'the region' on the vaguest of assignments. Despite his initial reluctance, Amrit has known for a while that his career is going nowhere, and is hopeful he may uncover enough of interest and intrigue to se ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 15th 2005 by Pan MacMillan
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David Grieve
An intriguing story of a newspaper reporter sent to a remote, unidentified area of India to obtain local colour. His own objective is to follow up the story behind a photograph showing a porn film star and some insurgents from the area to which he has been sent. The story follows his attempts to find the woman in the picture and get to the truth behind the story, along with the people he meets on the way.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hindustan Times is right when it says SURFACE is "a book every Indian ought to read." This is indeed a book that will simplify an over-mystified but very less understood region. The book slowly unfolds the region's "mysteries" and "realities" beneath the surface.

Taking the cue of a real-life controversial incident of a woman (accused as porn star) killed (staged) by an insurgent group in Manipur years back the writer gradually unfolds the deeper political games and manipulations in practice ther
Sheela Lal
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
beautiful writing - the bits about kolkata reminded me of the film teen yaari katha. when amrit travels through the northeast, it isn't portrayed patronizingly. the politics aren't laid out systematically and the smaller stories effectively highlight the nuanced complexity of the situation in the north east.

would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a survey understanding of this part of the country
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Near the end, one of the characters in Siddhartha Deb’s Surface says, ‘To conceal surfaces under other surfaces is necessary’ and this is what the entire narrative is all about. Cloaked under layers and layers, this is the ultimate revelation that is dawned upon the reader – ‘projecting attractive images that concealed what lay behind’. Scratching one surface, the reader is immediately burdened with another surface, for surfaces are the only way to survive in the region where corruption run ramp ...more
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
I folded more page corners to mark passages I wanted to flip back to in this book, than in any other book I've read.
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Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Explores the darkest fringe of India with journalistic objectivity.
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Siddhartha Deb is an Indian author who was educated in India and at Columbia University, US. Deb began his career in journalism as a sports journalist in Calcutta in 1994 before moving to Delhi to continue regular journalism.

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