Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Indian village houses

I recommend the excellent "An Indian Attachment" by Sarah Lloyd. Originally published in 1984, it was re-issued in 2008 by Eland Publishing. Sarah writes about the months she spent living with a Sikh guy, first in his rural village in the Punjab, then at the compound of a holy man.

Those of us who love maps and plans will be delighted with the sketches of the villages and the house and room she and "Jungli" occupied. It's a fascinating window on a world that most travellers to India will never see. We trundle past these villages on a train, or a bus, and catch glimpses of how life is lived there, but here it is in all great detail (including the toilet arrangements!).

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