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Searching for Home

Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | English Non-Fiction

Searching for Home

Full Title: Stories of Indians Living Abroad

Author: Simran Chawla
Publisher: Hachette India

Award Category: English Non-Fiction

About the Book: 

A compelling chronicle of what it means to be Indian in a foreign land.

In an age when India is one of the strongest emerging markets and a developing superpower, tens of thousands of Indians leave the country each year to seek new lives on distant shores. What are they looking for and what do they really find?

In a first-of-its-kind narrative, journalist and American expat Simran Chawla documents the contemporary Indian immigrant experience in various corners of the world – from Alaska to the UK, Europe to Africa, the Americas to the Middle East. In this book, she tells the story of families like the Singhs who farm in the heartland of Italy just south of Verona; discovers the lucrative Indian wedding industry in the Gulf or United Arab Emirates; learns about the community of ?aunties’ in Orlando who have found meaning in their lives once again by organizing sewing get-togethers; watches a cricket match between diamond traders in Antwerp; and explores the heartbreaking price of living illegally in London.

In lucid, affecting prose, Searching for Home tells the stories of people who, though separated by thousands of kilometres, share experiences that continue to bind them to their homeland.

About the Author: 

Simran Chawla was born and raised in Virginia, and has a journalism degree from George Washington University and a postgraduate degree from City University London. After working with the National Geographic Society in her early career, she now works at King’s College London. Her writing about the Indian immigrant experience has appeared in magazines like Washingtonian and Elle.

Simran lives near London with her husband. This is her second book.

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