Are you already on the waiting list for The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri? Lahiri's novel was on the 2013 Booker Prize shortlist and has gained in popularity as word of mouth spread. Beautifully written, it follows the lives of two Indian brothers and their diverging paths. While you are waiting for your copy, you may want to check out a few other books about India. Beyond the Beautiful Forevers is a nonfiction book written by American Journalist Katherine Boo. Boo spent years researching and interviewing people in the slums of Mumbai. Her account is an intimate portrait of the residents, detailing their hopes, aspirations, flaws and disappointments.
If fiction is more your style, try books by Aravind Adiga. His first novel, White Tiger, won the Booker Prize in 2008. His subsequent novels are Between the Assassinations and Last Man in the Tower. Bharati Mukherjee's Miss New India gives a glimpse into the world of a young woman in a Bangalore call center. If you want to spend a few pleasurable hours relaxing, watch the movie Slumdog Millionaire or The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.