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Sometimes a different perspective always helps. There is always so much to know more about what we think we do, till a fresh point of view takes us by surprise. This is how I felt when I read Sam Miller’s, “A Strange Kind of Paradise”.
“A Strange Kind of Paradise” is a bit of History and a lot of Travel about India, its various places and traditions and norms. Miller weaves both of them quite excellently. He looks at India with a kaleidoscopic view and gives the reader the India they did not know, on a platter, to savour and relish.
The chapters may seem complex, however they are not. The book is very well researched and quite insightful in most parts. It is a foreigner’s view, no doubt and yet it is much needed if you want to know more about something you did not.
A Strange Kind of Paradise is a picture of India throughout the ages, from travellers who came from all over the world to see the wonders and magic that was India.
Summary of the Books
As a foreigner who has lived in India for many years, Sam Miller has a viewpoint not very common among Indians. He speaks about what he sees, and how India has been perceived over the centuries. His writing captures India from the time of Alexander, examining how Greeks came to India for trade, culture and just for her sheer exoticism. Covering accounts of figures such as Xuanzang, St. Thomas, Vasco da Gama, Babur, Mark Twain, the Beatles and even Steve Jobs, A Strange Kind of Paradise shows what India means to everyone across history, everyone except her own people. What ensues is a page-turning ensemble of anecdotes and memoirs about a country that has perhaps the most vivid and colourful history of all.
About Sam Miller
Sam Miller is a journalist and writer. He has also written: Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity and Blue Guide India.
A student of history at Cambridge University and politics at the University of London, he has been working for a long time in BBC World Service, taking on roles of editor, TV commentator and reporter. Prone to wanderlust, he goes where his job takes him, and has travelled widely across India.
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