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Dave Prager and his wife left Brooklyn to live as expats in India for 18 months, and Delirious Delhi is an account of their experiences there. Narrator Sanjiv Jhaveri is a master of subtle delivery, using small shifts in cadence and tone to express the couple's complicated relationship with India. While the audiobook is mostly a memoir about Prager's attempts to find a balance between the best and worst that India has to offer, such as periodically checking into a five-star hotel to take a respite from the poverty he saw around him, he also includes information that expats may find interesting or useful.
Delhi exists in a kind of quantum state: In Delhi, all things are true at once. When the Big Apple no longer felt big enough, Dave and Jenny moved to a city of 16 million people and, seemingly, twice that many horns honking at once. Delirious Delhi depicts India's capital as the two experienced it, from office life in the rising tech hubs to the traffic jam philosophy that keeps people sane in the gridlock leading to them. With only their sense of humour as their guide, Dave and Jenny set out to explore a city in which ancient stone monuments compete with glass-clad shopping malls to define the landscape. What follows is a top-to-bottom snapshot of a city in the thick of loud and accelerating change. Anyone new to Delhi will have their understanding of it magnified by this book. And anyone who already knows Delhi will appreciate this candid tribute to a city that's everything to everyone at the same time.
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- Kindle Customer
amzing book about dehli people
i love this book.it is also funny and interesting to know everything about Dehli people
- Flying Fluskey
The narration is jarring, with weirdly stressed words and this leads to it being a tough listen.
This is more of a biography than anything but seems entirely unnatural.
I must have been delirious when I purchased this. What a waste of time and money! I was hoping for something akin to the Movie / TV series 'Outsourced' or the audiobook 'Tune in Tokyo'. Unfortunately, this "book" has no discernible story or plot. It's not even told in chronological order.
Without even introducing himself or providing much backstory, the author launches into an endless string of random, quirky observations about Delhi. One after another, like a firehose of random thoughts hitting you in the face. He goes on and on, barely stopping to take a breath.
'The building smelled'... 'There was an earthquake'... 'The winter was cold'... 'The summer was hot'
If I don't know who you are, why should I care what you think?!?! I'm not even a fan of long introductions. But seriously... some explanation would have been welcome!
NOTE: In case you listened to the sample clip and are wondering what I'm referring to, you should know that clip about his initial arrival in Delhi comes from approx. an hour into the audiobook -- AFTER he's already described most of his 18 months in India in the previous hour-long chapter.
This is not a travelogue, nor is it funny. It's a poor attempt by amateur writer with a lazy (or absent) editor and at best should be a self-published ebook on Kindle.
As for the narrator, I've heard worse. While he's enthusiastic, it sounds like he's reading off the page in a somewhat unnatural and stilted voice. Sanjiv just doesn't sound like a guy named 'Dave' from New York. However, I could have overlooked the awkward narration if the rest of the production wasn't so aimless and clumsy.
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