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Indian Magic by [Khanna, Balraj]
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'I am absolutely bowled over by this novel. Balraj Khanna has written a novel that is funny, beautiful and heartrending. It tells the story of Ravi Kumar Mehra who comes to England from India for the dreadful winter of 1962 with an MA but has to work in an Indian restaurant. He is a wonderful creation and his adventures are as hilarious as they are fresh, yet always in the shadows Khanna is holding up a mirror which reflects a declining England, a country on the wane, mired in its own history. The prose is spare and sparkles on the page as one might expect from a man included in the hundred top novelists of the 20th century. There is the energy of the subcontinent and the new India in this book and Khanna delivers all this with the wisdom of a Naipaul, the dexterity of Vikram Seth and the honesty and observation of Zadie Smith.'(Paul Pickering) 'The young Mehra's story reminds one of Tom Jones and Lucky Jim. Brilliant!' (Reginald Massey) 'A thoroughly recommended read.'(Jim Bidwell) --Jim Bidwell

About the Author

Balraj Khanna was born in the Punjab, India, and arrived in London in the Swinging Sixties to study English. Instead, he took to art - eventually becoming 'one of the most distinguished painters working in England' (Bryan Robertson). His novels include Nation of Fools which was adjudged 'one of the 200 best novels in English since 1950,' Sweet Chillies and The Mists of Simla. Balraj lives in London, next door to Lords Cricket Ground - which he describes as his 'spiritual home'.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 648 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: HopeRoad (9 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H6V0D6M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've never come across Balraj Khanna before. I enjoyed this book so much that half way through I ordered 3 copies for far away friends. So disappointed to see that I've already read a third of his fiction. Absolutely delightful, funny, and tender. I really hope he gets his arse into gear and writes more fiction. I might even try some of his books about art, even though I'm not that way inclined. Great writer. Thank you Mr K.
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This is a super story about a young man from Shimla who finds himself in the UK with very little money and no contacts and how he builds his network, finds work, finds love and finds himself whilst working for a crazy restaurant owner. Readers will spot what the restaurateur has in mind long before the protagonist, but it's still a lot of fun. A superb balance to all the 'Englishman in India' books.
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this is not just a love story. Set in the 1960s it covers and touches on a vast variety of obstacles, hope, frustration, opportunites, and changes in life and society at the time.
Arriving myself in London in the 60s as a foreigner brought back many memories and added to the enjoyment of reading this brilliantly, fascinating and thought provoking book.
Treat yourself, enjoy and share with others!
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I have read all of Balraj Khanna's books. I have loved them all and eagerly waited for this one. Devoured in one long sitting and definitely worth the wait.
I found the perspective of of a young Indian man arriving in England in the 1960's fascinating as this is when members of my own family arrived in this country.
Beautifully written with his signature sense of humour I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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I passionately loved Balraj Khanna's MISTS OF SIMLA, which I've read and reread. To my great relief, INDIAN MAGIC is just as deeply satisfying. I chortled my way through it, although it has its dark - and some very dark - moments, and at the end, I thought to myself: 'Evelyn Waugh, eat your heart out. This chap is as good as you are!' It's an excellent read, highly recommended. Frances T.
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I just loved this book. The story of a rather naive visitor to Britain in the 60s and his experiences as he gradually found his niche and became more worldly wise made me laugh out loud and, occasionally shocked me. It reads rather like Pepys's diary and has a real ring of truth. The characters, in all their variety, are beautifully sketched. Read it and enjoy!
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This book appealed to me because I, too, came to this country in the early 60s. A few events reminded me of my early
time in England,alas not in London but in Manchester. It was also interesting to read about the impressions from a
male Indian point of view. Quite an easy read.
H.A.
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Well written and very very amusing I haven't laughed as much for ages.
I have recommended it to all my friends. There is so much truth in this
story which is told in an amusing way that glosses over the sadness.
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