I accidentally studied a lot of post-colonial literature in college. I say “accidentally” because I honestly don’t know how I ended up with so many classes on the topic. Note, “post-colonial” doesn’t refer to the American colonies but rather India and Africa. These classes got me reading Salman Rushdie, Chinua Achebe and Aravind Adiga, and so I jumped at the chance to review Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee. It’s the story of a girl in search of her own future in “Bang-a-Buck” Bangalore as India surges into the digital age. I found that it held its own among the great post-colonial novels and even took the genre in a new direction.
Check out the trailer from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for an idea of what Miss New India is all about:
This is the first book I have read by Bharati Mukherjee (her 8th novel) and it has made me a big fan! What is your favorite Mukherjee book?
Have you read any post-colonial literature?