Book Review : Emails From India

Funny how things happen. I was at the library and picked this book up because India fascinates me (seems there is a large number of people in that group). I gave the book a quick study and decided not to bother with it, but for some reason the book wasn’t put back and it ended up in my check-out pile. I am so glad it did!

*On a side note—I’m beginning to see how the word ‘book’ and the word ‘pile’ always seem to run hand in hand with me. . .*


emails from india  Emails From India by Janis Harper

Many women, from around the world travel, often alone, to India, according to Janis. They have been doing so since the time of the British Raj. And they like to talk about it. She describes herself as an Indophile from sometime in her teenage years; yet it took her until close to reaching fifty before she finally made the trek.

And so, there is this book—Emails from twenty-seven different women about their experiences. Emails sent to friends or family and passed on from them to others because they were too delicious to not share, or they offered a loose travel guide of what not to do, where not to go, what to do and where to go.

Descriptions of young soldiers at airports with taped together AK-47s; beachy laneways in Candolim; a Muslim-rich ancient community called the Moplahs along the Kerala coast; a lush description of an Indian lover; narrow alleyways twisting left and right and ending at skinny staircases rich in aromas of sandalwood and rot, and so, so much more.

This is an incredible book to read if you have even the slightest curiosity about India. It is a book rich in the art of patience, of facing fears and diving into our endless wells of courage. It is a book of living life large.



  1. writeknit Said:

    Sounds really interesting.


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