The death of an American woman in India serves as the pretext for a thoughtful, sociologically precise novel about the religious tensions racking the. 9 Sep Shashi Tharoor This novel, published in , is the writer’s fifth work. It is set against the backdrop of the explosive situation in India just before. Shashi Tharoor experiments brilliantly with narrative form, chronicling the mystery Intellectually provocative and emotionally charged, Riot is a novel about the.

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Published September 30th by Penguin India first published September 10th Framing this love affair is the mounting tension between Muslims and the followers of Ram Charan Gupta, who want to destroy shsshi local mosque and put up a Hindu temple on its site.

I think that is more appropriate and less misleading.

Feb 18, Shylashree Chikkamuniyappa rated it it was ok. Thoughts of Geeta, Laxman’s wife; NY journalist and local leaders all make up for an interesting read since the story happens in India.

May be God cannot save from murders n issues in name of religion, but surely humans can; by using the brain and mind God gave to us’! After hearing about Priscilla’s death her estranged parents fly to India to try to uncover circumstances leading up to her demise and are joined by an American journalist stationed in New Delhi.


The amazing thing about this book is I’ve never had the feeling of reading a fiction. There is an obvious flaw to Priscilla’s character, a flaw that does not resonate with me in the least.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. I liked it and would recommend it to any body who loves a realistic fiction. Priscilla Hart, who wanted to make Indian women, those women who carry “babies, baskets, and burdens too heavy more aware of the reproductive rights available to them, is found brutally murdered in communally hypersensitive Zalilgarh, a small, poor village both literally and metaphorically, about ye htaroor Delhi.

With his constant interjection of “motherloving” and love for alcohol. Priscilla has a difficult affair with the married district magistrate, V. Sure, I lived in an almost completely non-volatile area, but the seed of apprehension had been planted. However, that takes away from a fluid narrative and sounds pedantic and more like a research paper told in story mode!

Reading ‘Riot’ has helped me understand why Indira Gandhi is hated in Punjab even today, why Muslims in India feel the way they do and why tyaroor relations, no matter how much against the social norms are the way they are!

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shqshi The official story is that she was killed in a Hindu-Muslim riot. Showing of 14 reviews. The events that transpired right before her death remain as a glaring instance of the sheer irony of life.


I read this book and finally decided that a career in the Public Services was not for me. Perhaps it’s where we’re meant to be. From Priscilla’s letters and diaries, we get a tahroor of the classic American sensibility, a la Daisy Miller that mix of naivete and sexual experience so puzzling to the rest of the world.

In Riotthe well-meaning precocious or is it precious? Tharoor is really a gem in Indian literature. Every Indian has to read this novel. Paperbackpages. Thoroughly relished the read.

Liked it because of its balanced account. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. May 22, Omar Abdul aziz rated it liked it. I’m politically a liberal, and religiously an agnostic-theist, so the views put forth in this book, and by extension my own personal views, may be controversial in some points. Sep 27, Jawahar Surti rated it it was amazing.

Sarwar, I agreed with. Books of the Week. This book is underrated. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Great choice for a book club because there is much to talk about including the structure of the novel.