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Book Title: Following Fish: Travels Along the Indian Coast
Author: Samanth Subramanian
Publisher: Atlantic Books, London
Year of Publication: 2013 print (first published in 2010 in India)
Genre: Non-fiction Travel (culture)
Status:I have the last two essays pending, so it is still in work in progress state
Quote: Chapter 2, Paragraph 2 in Page 48.
"For a few further hours into the night, I sat behind Harinath's and watched the crowds. I watched many, many people come right up to Harinath, their nerve screwed up, fully aware of what lay before them-and then they backed out, hope and false courage defeated by immediate reality. As they walked away, they seemed puzzled and distressed, not so much by what they had narrowly avoided as by their sudden loss of faith. It was almost as if they had desperately wanted to believe but had been finally let down by their closest accomplice: their own body."
Ok. I thought I would end this last post of this series with a book that is both my favorite and kind of has a part of my name 'Meen(u)' in it! I intentionally kept this one for the last. This is one of the best books I have read (or still reading). I love this writer. I have seen him (from far) in the quizzing circle, especially acing the Landmark quizzes. I used to follow his blog, so I did know he used to freelance for a lot of great magazines. This book has a style of writing called narrative journalism. It is one of my favorite journalistic style (eg., The New Yorker). Samanth elaborates the journey through coastal India. The central theme, as the title says is 'fish'. Being a quizzer and a journalist, he has brought out the best in this book. This is like a collection of essays and they talk about the author's journey and experience following the story of fish- as food and as part of the culture. I am a vegetarian and I plan to remain so always. However, I must tell you, his narration took me through the streets, the stinking fish odor in the busy markets, the deep fried delicacies and yeah, it was like I was watching him walk through and make notes as he wrote this book and even taste the fish just by reading.... Read it to savor the taste of travel!