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For five months Joe Roberts was a guest of the Trivedi family in their flat in Bangalore's Baghpur Extension. Major Trivedi, a military Brahmin, was given to reciting quatrains of Nostradamus; Atul, his 18-year-old son, was more concerned with Guns n' Roses; while Mrs Trivedi, with her neighbour Mrs Sen, took charge of her visitor's plans for travelling around Southern India. Roberts journeyed to the jungle beyond Mysore - a jungle that, contrary to expectations, was only little trees and dappled glades; to the queen of the hill stations, Ootacamund, to which generations of English colonial officers had retreated, transforming an Indian plateau into a passable imitation of Bournemouth; and to Kovalam, which he visited in order to see the Kathakali dancers, but where he also found himself dining with an Australian pornographer. And he also travelled to Cochin, on the Malabar Coast, and shared a railway compartment with a drunken Bristolian who seemed unimpressed with everything but Indian moonshine. But Roberts always returned to the ground-floor flat in Baghpur Extension, and to his friends the Trivedis. This is his account of his travels.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Joe Roberts(Author)
  • Bantam Press (February 3, 1994)
  • English
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  • By ADAM on February 8, 2017

    This is a superbly written book about southern India. It describes the several months that the author spent based with a family in Bangalore in 1990. Joe Roberts views India realistically and sympathetically, and not without a sense of humour. He recounts his time spent with his host family brilliantly, conveying a great sense of what it is like living in an Indian home: its ups and downs. Roberts made many excursions from Bangalore to a variety of places in southern India, and one up north. He paints a vivid picture of each place, each of them being portrayed accurately and atmospherically. Encounters with strangers, both Indians and foreigners, are incitefully and often humourously related.I am a regular visitor to southern India, and have been so since 1994. I feel that what Roberts wrote following his extended stay in 1990 resonates well with my experiences of the region over the past more than 20 years.The end section of the book contains a number of informative and interesting notes on things to which he referred in his text. The 'articles' on the Jews of Cochin and the Syrian Christians were particularly good examples of these.This is a wonderful travel book that should appeal to those who know southern India and alson those who do not. A great read.

  • By Harlan Crider on June 19, 2000

    This review is simply in appreciation to Joe Roberts for a wonderfully wry and descriptive book of Southern India. My daugter is planning to spend a college semester in Kerala and I have been searching (mostly in vain) for an unbiased travel book on the area. Guide books don't convey the sounds, smells, color and people one meets. Three Quarters of a Footprint certainly does, in addition to informative footnotes explaining complicated history and religion. The only things which would have improved the book would be a better map identifying Joe Roberts' trips to various towns and villages and perhaps some photographs. All in all, a very good read.


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