Top critical review
Book in perfect conditions. The story not worth anyones time.
15 May 2018
This book gained popularity because it’s quite a complete guide of the universe that is India but there are so many better books that will not make you cringe at the defective morality of the author.
The man who writes “I'm sick of meeting murderers” is so much nicer that when he realizes that an unconscious girl will be gang raped, he writes about it, period. It’s one thing not to be able to prevent a targeted-killing but this other thing, about to happen in a bar in which he knows the owner of the place and is a frequent VIP guest, well… I still cant understand from where the author derives the moral ground to feel superior to his shooter congeners. Maybe because after doing nothing to prevent a rape, he is on the following page in a party with diplomats?
I disliked the author's double standards all throughout the book, both his morality and his logic suffered the same fate, there is one metric for him and another one for the rest.
Also, as a work of literary reportage, the use of proper terms is paramount. I remember noticing a few very unhappy terms, one that due to my line of work made me angry was when speaking of a criminal, he wrote that he is a “special category of refugee: not a political refugee, not an economic refugee but a criminal refugee”. Now, let us not promote the negative connotation associated, wrongly, with the term. Criminals are legally excluded from being refugees, thus, they are just criminals, not refugees (by the way, economic migrants are migrants, also not refuges).
For all the praise, I was expecting better, I was disappointed by this book.