by John Keay
The anti-Naipaul, sort of. This Britisher is a real India-lover and has a lot of fascinating things to say about the land, its history and above all its people. It was interesting to go back to Naipaul's book and compare their interpretations of similar experiences or events. I identified with a lot of the things Keay described. The end, when he left India, was especially demonstrative of his love for the place – he speaks disparagingly of the insincerity, "gracelessness" and "sameness" of the West. A different take, certainly!