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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Most books in this genre might simply refer to religious tensions and violence but they rarely progress further. Odd but different writing style. Her parents set out to investigate and events unfurl. What is the difference between Hindus and Muslims, indeed, I ask myself. I’ve read a fair amount of Indian Literature and this book impressed me by placing the Hindu-Muslim riots in the proper historical and religious contexts. What good are all our efforts as long as men have the power to do this to us?

His characters are memorable, although I felt that I never really got attached with Priscilla Hart nor felt the sadness for her parents. Also, the writing style was quite different and interesting. You’re required to forgive Shahi for being exactly like her father, a person she hates for the same mistake that she is herself committing in the name of love.

Tharoor is a smooth and disciplined writer who respects his characters and his readers. The plot, the narrative structure of giving a first person perspective tharokr all major suashi, the newspaper article cuttings, the underlying reference Read more Read less.

A few weeks later, Priscilla’s divorced parents, Katharine and Rudyard Hart, travel to Zalilgarh to pick up her effects and to find out what happened. The amazing thing about this book is I’ve never had the feeling of reading a fiction. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. There is no narrator here to interpret the hharoor of Priscilla’s death and of the riot. Preview — Riot by Shashi Tharoor. And, it has stuck with me in the weeks since I finished it shashhi than a book has in a long time Htaroor provocative and emotionally charged, Riot is a novel about the ownership of history, about love, hate, cultural collision, religious fanaticism and the impossibility of knowing the truth.


Tharoor has written an ingenious story of the investigation into the mysterious shawhi of a young American during a riot. And you’re required to admire Shashi Tharoor for being such a wonderful writer and thank your stars that he lives and breathes under the same skies as you do! But did not really like the way the characters were developed or not 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 shaxhi in New Delhi.

Slowly Priscilla’s experiences in India are revealed up to the moment of her death. Most books leave us with no emotion but Riot leaves us with a sense of discomfort that makes us ponder about the past, present and future of India. The characters had their heart to the events of past which the author narrated in their tongue.

Fiction Book Review: RIOT by Shashi Tharoor, Author . Arcade $ (p) ISBN

Riot tells multiple stories of India in a single plot. The author is one of his kind and he tried to touch all the major issues he intend to with a great plot. Most don’t realize that there are cultures inside India of which most contradict each other.

I came across extreme religious faggots strangling and choking the voices of the majority of normal, peace loving people of either religions whose only aim is to lead comfortable, non violent existences.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I loved the way Tharoor delves into the mind of each character — each one from a different upbringing and culture.

Ok, I actually hated this book at first, because of a fundamental flaw: In fact, this book is so much pulp fiction that I struggled to find one good original quote from it to put on my blog. Even though the book like its name shows the pain and suffering caused by the communal riots, it also tells us about the unsung heroes who make India beautiful. True to the author’s extreme consciousness towards the political situations of India, the book talks about incidents that really took place, incidents we ignore as mere tragedies of time caused by ignorance of people.

Jun 15, Aamil Syed rated it it was ok Shelves: When a “foreigner” tharor killed in India, the whole community reacts. A choice between his happiness and the ‘greater good’.

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Tharoor is really a gem in Indian literature. The format of this novel is innovative and unique; included are snippets of American newspaper articles covering Priscilla’s death, interview transcripts of both Hindu and Muslim leaders in addition tnaroor local police officers, Priscilla’s journal entries and letters written to a beloved friend back home, and more.

Riot answers many questions. Feb 18, Shylashree Chikkamuniyappa rated it it was ok. Liked it because of its balanced account.