Devapriya Roy and Saurav Jha were young professionals living in the heart of Delhi, holding down decent nine-to-five jobs, when the idea of a transformational journey through India suddenly struck them. The Heat and Dust Project is an account of that journey, undertaken on a shoestring budget.
The lobby of Hotel Veer Rajput Palace, deluxe, is dimly lit and manned by two guys in identical green check sweaters, one reedy with a silver ear stud, one portly and balding, also with silver ear stud. The counter stretches like a redoubt around them. On one end is a small television set; it seems as though a righteous-cop film is playing.
[Book extract] The truth about this journey is, in fact, inscribed in the peculiar grainy feel of the bare hours.