FOR IN­DIA, WITH LOVE

From Bol­ly­wood to ro­gan josh, Mal­lory con­fesses his love for all things In­dian, and Arund­hati Roy!

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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.

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