- Meg Raymond
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Shalimar by Rebecca Ryman is a historical novel, set in India. If you want some titles that are either set in India (modern, or historical) or just have the same "feel" of a good story, you might try the following titles:
The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly.
In the 1920s, a serial killer targets the wives of Britons attached to the military Bengal Greys near Calcutta. Disguised as accidents, the murders go undetected until the latest, the purported suicide of a young wife, finally attracts the attention of investigator Joseph Sandilands.
(from Library Journal)
The Case of the Missing Servant : From the Files of Vish Puri, India's "Most Private Investigator" by Tarquin Hall.
Portly, persistent, and unmistakably Punjabi, (Vish Puri) cuts a determined swath through modern India's swindlers, cheats, and murderers. (description)
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.
(T)akes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged marriage, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts.An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world.
The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry.
Arriving in the ancient Byzantine city in the year 1273, Anna Zarides has only one mission: to prove the innocence of her twin brother, Justinian, who has been exiled to the desert for conspiring to kill Bessarion, a nobleman. (summary) (Not set in India, but had to include this title).
The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri.
Vishnu, a dying alcoholic dwelling on a stairway landing of an apartment building in Bombay, comes to suspect that he is, in fact, the god Vishnu. (from Library Journal).
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama.
(A)n entertaining chronicle of a contemporary Indian matchmaking service and as insightful commentary on the lingering dictates of religion and class in modern India. (from BookList).