Slow posting here because I was rereading Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra for the third time, having suddenly developed a yen for Indian police procedural. This is the best example of that genre and it's more than just a police procedural, you're also in the mind of gangster Ganesh Gaitonde, his rise and fall, his surprisingly rich inner life mirroring Inspector Sartaj Singh, who is tired of policework even as he does it, and in working to find Gaitonde's last mystery, becomes a happier person. It's a hefty book, hard on the wrists, filled with stories from Partition down. Primarily it's a book about the psychology of people, so many people, and if you're interested in how people think, then this is a good novel for you. I also read The Good Girls, Sonia Faleiro's most recent book, got it almost as soon as it was available on the Kindle store. I've been drawn even more to stories about India, especially stories about people I don't generally come across in my day to day. I loved this book, an exploration of all the events that unfolded before and around two girls in Badaun were found hanging from a tree. Normally when you read a non fiction book about a certain kind of India, a non-PLU India, the author always inserts themselves in it, like I did this and then I did that and instead Sonia tells it all in sympathetic third person, referring throughout to the victims as "the children" so it's like we're there, we're talking to their families, we're thinking about the lives of these girls, who were, after all, only children when their lives ended. I think you should definitely read this too, it's gripping and tragic. #sacredgames #vikramchandra #soniafaleiro #thegoodgirls #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #121in2021
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