Reviews and Blog Posts: India

Rudyard Kipling's verse

by Rudyard Kipling

DPL Rating:
4

My review covers only one work from this collection: Gunga Din is a poem by the author of the famous Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling. Kipling spent a good part of his life in India and this poem shows a glimpse into the lives of the British military stationed there in the late...

Seven blind mice

by Ed Young

DPL Rating:
4

A simple and fun pictorial retelling of the Indian folktale Blind Men and the Elephant. Seven mice, all different colors, touch different parts of the elephant and each has a different interpretation of what the elephant could be. Small sentences in large type will make this an appealing read for beginners...

The White tiger

by Aravind Adiga

DPL Rating:
4
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The White Tiger might be a look at India that you've never seen before. You've got the "Bollywood" view where you would never know that 2/3 of the population lives on less than $2 a day, and then there's the "Slumdog Millionaire" view where you would assume that no one there...

Behind the beautiful forevers : life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity

by Katherine Boo

DPL Rating:
4

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo was awarded the National Book Award for her first novel, Behind the Beautiful Forevers : Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.  Journalist Boo has written about poverty for two decades and was compelled to investigate the struggles of the poor in areas with...

Tigers forever : saving the world's most endangered big cat

by Steve Winter

DPL Rating:
5

This book, like others that deal with environmental destruction and conservation efforts, takes the reader through emotional ups-and-downs, from deep sadness at the loss of tigers to joy at learning about the dedication and progress being made trying to save them. While it's tempting to just look at the mesmerizing,...

The case of the missing servant : a Vish Puri mystery

by Tarquin Hall

DPL Rating:
4

I came across this book quite by accident but was glad that I gave it a chance. I am sometimes wary of reading books written by expatriates but Tarquin Hall has a good grasp of the intricacies of Indian society and adequately conveys the various class distinctions as well as...

The world we found

by Thrity N Umrigar

DPL Rating:
4

Friends during the 1970s in college in Bombay, the lives of Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta have gone in very different directions from their days as activist students, ready to change the world. Armaiti has left for America. Nishta, admired for choosing a life with the man she loved even...

A suitable boy : a novel

by Vikram Seth

DPL Rating:
4

Complex and beautiful. Read it twice, really loved the ghazals.

Technology, Travel, and Retirement!

Social Security

Whether you have questions about Social Security and retirement, technology, or just want to virtually travel to India, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!

Got computer questions? Whether you want to know more about being safe online, sending email, the Denver Public Library catalog or databases, or how to download ebooks or audio ebooks from the DPL web site, our Tech Open House can help you feel safe and successful when using the computer! Bring your questions! Wednesday, September 7, 2:00 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch.

Lunch Travels: India

Can't afford a trip to a far off land right now? Join us at the newly renovated Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library on Tuesday, July 27 at noon, for delectable food of the region and riveting conversation during Lunch Travels: India! Visit Mumbai, Pune and the Arabian coast as your guide shares pictures, travel tips and anecdotes from her recent adventure.

Did you know that there are about 3,000 languages, including dialects, spoken in India? The library's language database, Mango Languages, can help you learn the national language of India, Hindu, or even Urdu!

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