The cover of this book was very pleasing, a foreigner holding our National Flag and saying his heart belongs to India definitely made me feel great. But is this book really as interesting as it’s title? Read my review below to know!
Joseph C. Hoskins grew up hearing stories about India from his father’s college roommate, who is affectionately known as “Uncle Sunil.” Uncle Sunil is from India. When Hoskins was a little kid, Uncle Sunil would regularly visit his home; Hoskins’s interest in India was SPIKED by Uncle Sunil’s stories of MAJESTIC Indian Tigers The LazyScoop Review:\nJoseph Hoskins had a desire to visit India since his childhood. After hearing amazing stories from uncle Sunil about India\’s culture, people and tradition, his desire had increased. What would happen when he finally visits India? \’My Heart Belongs to India\’ is true account of his experiences in India.\nJoseph Hoskins has described his experiences beautifully, right from his thoughts as an adolescent roaming the PRISTINE jungles of India, and the INFALLIABLE beauty of the GLORIOUS Taj Mahal. Hoskins desperately wanted to travel there but never thought he would have the chance. Until one day he did—and that trip became an unforgettable adventure.
Filled with surprising—and sometimes shocking—accounts, Hoskins’s book delves into his experiences as he meets the people of India and observes their culture. Yet beyond his immediate impressions, Hoskins also details India’s rich background throughout the narrative. For those interested in cultural heritage or world history, Hoskins calls attention to the myriad events that created the India he came to appreciate. This enjoyable memoir leaves no stone unturned, weaving together inspiring stories of the great inventors who ushered in modernity with Uncle Sunil’s thoughts on the differences between Indian and American relationships.
While detailing the incredible natural and manmade beauty of the country and its most significant landmarks, Hoskins also shares his observations of the poverty and income inequality gap in India. He unabashedly reveals a reality that many prefer to ignore—for better or for worse.
At its core, My Heart Belongs to India is a love song to this fascinating country and its compelling people.
The LazyScoop Review:
Joseph Hoskins had a desire to visit India since his childhood. After hearing amazing stories from uncle Sunil about India’s culture, people and tradition, his desire had increased. What would happen when he finally visits India? ‘My Heart Belongs to India’ is true account of his experiences in India.
Joseph Hoskins has described his experiences beautifully, right from his thoughts as an adolescent till his journey in India is over, it’s all described very well.
His narration flows smoothly and language is lucid too. It’s wonderful to read about India from his perception. I liked his Curiousity, I never thought that these type of questions would erupt in the minds of a tourist.
I also felt some of the answers given by Uncle Sunil are irrelevant now, since almost a decade has passed away and lot of things in India have changed for good.
The conversations between Joseph and Uncle Sunil were educative for me. I was surprised to know how much Joseph knew about India(Thanks to Uncle Sunil) e.g who were Mughuls, why was Taj Mahal Built, Babri Masjid, Caste System in India, British Colonization, etc.
The Author has narrated his thoughts, and reactions to Various situations which helps us getting connected to him.
Talking about the characters, Joseph Hoskins I felt was a great listener, curious- hungry for knowledge boy who wanted to know about everything. His humbleness is also evident in the book.
Uncle Sunil I felt was confusing! He was very nice to Joseph sometimes and sometimes quite rude. I hated reading his rant about Black People, which was totally wrong.
Katie seemed irritating and totally a spoilt brat.
I enjoyed Joseph’s encounter with Ravi, his GF and ‘Payel’ (One of the major reasons why Joseph’s Heart belongs to India!) The way it was narrated, I was totally hooked on to it and could relate to him somehow, as even I was quite shy like him in my teenage.
There were some funny moments which I enjoyed reading about, e.g Uncle Sunil’s prank call to Joseph’s father complaining about his rude behaviour, Imagining the writer dancing on Dhoom Machale around his mom.
What I didn’t like:
I found Uncle Sunil’s behaviour quite perplexing at times. e.g his sudden argument in the computer lab over national anthem was wierd.
His belittling Joseph sometimes, saying non sense about Black People all seemed vain and unneeeded. I found his character knowledgeable though.
I also don’t agree with Uncle Sunil’s opinion that Indian Culture is better than Western Culture. Indian Culture is rich and great, but I think every culture has positive and negatives both, you can’t belittle any culture of the world and glorify yours, we are no one to judge.
The LazyScoop Verdict:
‘My Heart Belongs to India’ takes you on a fun journey to India full of knowledgeable conversations, Crazy and funny situations! Most importantly, it let’s you see India from the eyes of a foreigner! I truly enjoyed reading this memoir by Mr. Joseph Hoskins and hope he visits India again soon.
By the way, there’s a guest appearance of a bollywood star in the book, which was awesome.
Cover: 3.5/ 5 Stars
Narration: 4/ 5 Stars
Plot: 4/ 5 Stars
Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars
Characters: 4/ 5 Stars
The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘My Heart Belongs to India’ by Joseph Hoskins absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!
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