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The death of an American woman in India serves as the pretext for a thoughtful, sociologically precise novel about the religious tensions racking the. 9 Sep Shashi Tharoor This novel, published in , is the writer’s fifth work. It is set against the backdrop of the explosive situation in India just before. Shashi Tharoor experiments brilliantly with narrative form, chronicling the mystery Intellectually provocative and emotionally charged, Riot is a novel about the.

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Priscilla, an American Humanity research student bent upon improving the lots of the oppressed Indian thafoor class women is murdered, presumably during the Religious riots. Another thing that I had to agree with Mr. Had her work made a killer out of an enraged husband?

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Complete review on my blog: On my shelf you’ll be! However this little masterpiece makes us see the whole situation in a different light. This is an ambitious book that succeeds.

The novel is dealt in a different manner, where each character is narrating his or her part of the story and some part of story being carried out through the news articles.

The plot is far too predictable and the characters are really shhashi. Most books in this genre might simply refer to religious tensions and violence but they rarely progress further. I’d be in Pakistan. This book did it all. I did like the idea of the narrators using different formats to tell tharokr story but there just seemed to be too much “filler” information.

A memory that Priscilla kept, as an icon of what she had cherished and lost A father who let his daughter down, and a mother who tharoor forgive her husband. Not population control, but violence against women. After having read about pages of her escapades, I still don’t know what Priscilla believed in, or what she expected out of the world.


Or was she simply the innocent victim of a riot that had exploded in that fateful year of between Hindus and Muslims? He presents historical background clearly and allows for multiple interpretations of events, assigning no blame and making no declarations of truth.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. We are where we are at the only time we have. As a result the reader is granted multiple viewpoints of not only the riot itself but also broader religious tensions and history of India. Or was her death the result of a xenophobic attack? Following his resignation as Minister of State for External Affairs, he began a fortnightly column on foreign policy issues in the “Deccan Chronicle”.

It provides the limited, manageable context through which the author asks questions about cultural identity and presents an impassioned plea for understanding and tolerance among cultures.

Please try again later. The language is lucid, the expression is simple but powerful and the content is thought provoking! Amazing writing style tharkor such serious and intense situations. But then, RIOT is basically a love story. With such excellent person specific narration, this book is way different from the league.

The author has tried multiple modes of narratives sjashi journal entries, ehashi transcripts, thatoor, conversations etc.

Riot by Shashi Tharoor

Share your thoughts with other customers. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The events that transpired right before her death remain as a glaring instance of the sheer irony of life.

A reader undergoes a huge transition of emotions when s he reads this book and when s shasshi is finished, the reader finds that s he is a different person altogether, quite different from the one who had started reading this book. Each of his books has been a best-seller in India.

May 22, Omar Abdul aziz rated it liked it.

Got to know a lot about the post independence politics of India. Why I Am a Hindu. So, it is natural to assume that when someone like him, who doesn’t hold back while talking about something, htaroor up his pen to write about something so sensitive and elu A one line review for this book would be – He could have done so much better!


The Best Books of Stephens, has a penchant for Wilde, but he is bound to Indian tradition, and listens when his friend, police chief and fellow St. In about the middle of the book you read about a conversation she had with her lover who says his goal is rharoor write a shwshi with chapters that can be read in any order, and depending on what order they are read will lead the reader to a different conclusion.

I thought of Shashi Tharoor as a sophisticated, witty snob. Liked it because of its balanced account. Its time for the omniscient reader.

The subtlety of love and compassion kept alive and engaged along the chaos been described every other chapter; for a romance fan, that shall be more than a fulfilment.

Piece of history described with emotion. His latest novel opens with the murder of Priscilla Hart, an American student killed during a riot while in India, who worked with impoverished women on reproductive and population control issues.

There are things in there that opened my eyes to a whole new Muslim world; and it really explains perfectly of how both the sides are equally at fault.

The death of an American woman in India serves as the pretext for a thoughtful, sociologically precise novel about the religious tensions racking the subcontinent. Priscilla has a difficult affair with the married district magistrate, V.

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