08 May, 2021

After The Great Game

This finely edited collection of essays is not a travel book in the conventional sense

After The Great Game
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Indian travel writers are a rare breed. We don’t have a Paul Theroux or Pico Iyer among us, though we like to claim British-born Iyer as one of our own. The problem is the Indian traveller. Our idea of fun in London is a visit to Marks and Spencer’s on Oxford Street. We tend to hunt down the nearest daal-and-chawal joint as soon as we land on foreign shores.

This collection of essays, finely edited by Namita Gokhale, is not a travel book in the conventional sense. Some write about their explorations while others sit back in the comfort of their homes and write about others’ adventures. Here are bits and pieces that caught my att­ention, with apologies to those who have been left out due to space constraints.

Navtej Sarna explores the lanes of Jerusalem where Jesus once walked. To his delight, he discovers an Indian hospice in the walled city that has accommoda­ted our Muslim pilgrims for centuries. Mishi Saran tracks down the home of a branch of the Tata clan from Shanghai—their business had to be abandoned when the Communists took...

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