FOR INDIA, WITH LOVE
From Bollywood to rogan josh, Mallory confesses his love for all things Indian, and Arundhati Roy!
I ndia is not on the book tour itinerary, but “it’s one of the places I’m dying to visit,” says Mallory. His interest was fanned by the 1994 John Irving novel, A
Sonof theCircus, which paints Mumbai as an extravagant circus of a city.
He says he hasn’t read enough writing from India, then adds, “But as I glance at my bookshelf even as I speak, I realise I have quite a few books by Indian writers. Arundhati
Roy is one of my favourite writers and I like Amitav
Ghosh very much. I must confess I haven’t read
V. S. Naipaul and I intend to correct that soon.”
“I must confess I haven’t read V. S. Naipaul, and I intend to correct that soon”
Mallory has also seen several Indian movies, or Bollywood musicals, as he calls them. “I must have watched at least 50 films and I love them,” he says. “I like to see the stars reappear in many films.”
What about Indian food? “Yes, it’s one of my favourite cuisines,” he says. “I spent several years in London where the curry rules and I love a good chicken tikka masala.”
He says he can cook up a very good rogan josh, but his attempts to make naan haven’t been entirely successful. Perhaps he should come to India and tuck into authentic Indian food? Certainly, says the writer, basking in the warm glow of success.