Indian and Pakistani Literature
It is only by familiarising oneself with Indian cuisine that one can truly learn about the subtle and the overt differences from region to region. These five cookbooks are a great start.
"Making it" in modern India is the subject of Diksha Basu's debut novel, The Windfall. With humor and affection for her characters, Basu describes the Jha family's ascent, and the consequences of being rich.
Building on the tradition of more than a century, today there is a long list of women writers in the Indian sub-continent who are feisty, nuanced in their writing and yet universal in many of the issues they share.
Each of these nine novels address an aspect of India's complex and kaleidoscopic history and social fabric, taking you to periods from the fabled Mughal Empire to the turbulent days before Indian independence from the British.
"As diverse as we expats are, we are also a tribe. We share the experience of straddling places and cultures, and our adventurous spirits are tinged with nostalgia, because no matter where we are, we have left bits and pieces of our heart in other places. We become jacks of many cultures, masters of none. We may return to the same place, but like the proverbial river the waters have changed, and we can never be the same person in the same place again." Amy E. Robertson is on the move again, from Beirut to New York. More to follow