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What happens when a married couple discusses a book they’ve co-authored, Scroll.in, July 19, 2015

On the eve of their eighth (ninth, S insists) anniversary, Saurav Jha and Devapriya Roy decided to heed the editor’s command and interview each other, around their book The Heat and Dust Project: The Broke Couple’s Guide to Bharat over sangria and dinner.  The Heat and Dust Project is the first part of a trilogy, and chronicles eccentric adventures across India on a very very tight budget: Rs 500 a day.


[BOOK EXCERPT] How to find a cheap hotel room in Bharat, Scroll.in, May 30, 2015

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.


11 books you’ll simply need to read in 2015, Scroll.in, Arunava Sinha, 29.12.14

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.