A few years ago I had bought a copy of William Dalrymple’s “White Mughals“. But as circumstances would have it I never completed it. Now that I have read “The Age of Kali“, I have to go back to it and finish it.
William Dalrymple must be one of the best modern travel writers around. And the “Age of Kali” is no different. He takes us on a fantastic trip right across India, to Sri Lanka and to Pakistan. He lays bare the decadence in post-independence South Asia and takes us to places where we can never dream of going: like a LTTE training camp in the jungles of Jaffna, the SWAT valley in Pakistan or the students in Lucknow discussing violence, murder and the route to politics.
However, the biggest enjoyment of reading Dalrymple’s works comes from his style of story telling. Which is at once a discourse in regional history as well as current affairs.
This is just the start. Now I am going ahead to read up all his works. This one’s highly recommended.