I’m a Bill Bryson fangirl alright. Who wouldn’t be… who couldn’t be? But when reading Notes From a Small Island I kept banging up against references to – wait for it- non-European cuisine.He mentions Greek restaurants and Chinese take-out.His favourite food is Indian. It’s hardly anything… I know but still so very unexpected in a Bryson book which seems to have re-invented Anglophilia just when (and I mean no harm) everyone was forgetting Britain.
Britain is duly grateful. I know I would be. I would love for Bill Bryson to come pottering down to India to note curious facts and odd stories about my country, provide me with a peg on which I could hang up the rest of my impressions. The British are so lucky. But I think he’s best in his own habitat so to speak. Like a nice fish in an aquarium he shows to advantage and makes the place look so much brighter.
Are there travel books on India? Note to self: Look it up.