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2,500 years of paradise

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In A Strange Kind of Paradise, Sam Miller analyses how centuries of foreigners — from the ancient Greeks to Victorian pornographers to the politically-incorrect crew of the BBC show Top Gear — have perceived India. Having lived in Delhi since 2002, Miller also documents his own love affair with the country, evolved from when, as a first-time visitor to India in the nineties, he couldn’t tell whether Shiva was the creator or destroyer.

A STRANGE KIND OF PARADISE: INDIA THROUGH FOREIGN EYES

Author: Sam Miller
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 427
Price: Rs 599

Today, as managing editor, South Asia in BBC, he is today regarded as one of BBC’s most experienced India hands. Miller wades through historical tomes, ‘foot gropes’ the ruins of Pataliputra that lie beneath muddy mosquito-ridden waters and travels in the footsteps of foreign chroniclers, to compile a history of India imagined.

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