The Heat and Dust Project: The Pilot, by Devapriya Roy and Saurav Jha, Harper-Collins, Non-fiction
This book could be subtitled Living Outside The Bubble. Devapriya Roy and Saurav Jha could have been your average high-thinking urban couple anchored in academics and scholarship and focussed on adding to the pool of public knowledge and entertainment with their books. However, they decided to live life a little differently, and to write about it. They set off on a mind- and body-changing journey across small-town India, setting themselves a constraint of spending no more than Rs 500 a day on bed and board. Their experiences are gathered in this book, which may well be the closest many of us will ever come to living the life that a large number of Indians do.