If It's Monday It Must Be Madurai: A Conducted Tour Of India
- Author: Srinath Perur
- Publisher: Penguin
- ISBN: 9780143417774
What is it like to travel with others for adventure, lust and god?
This delightful travelogue, in which Srinath Perur embarks upon ten conducted tours, is full of rich experiences: hanging on to a camel in the Thar Desert, joining thousands on a pilgrimage in Maharashtra, crossing living root bridges near Cherrapunji, rediscovering music while on the trail of Kabir, and a lot more. As much about people as it is about places, the book is also a reflection of the nature of popular travel today, which is marked by the packaging of experiences, the formation of tourist economies and compulsive picture-taking. How this influences tourists comes across vividly: in their creation of a mini India on a bus as they race through treasured sights in Europe; in their perfunctory devotion as they hop from temple to temple in Tamil Nadu; and in their enjoying with sex workers far away from home.
Ironic, and often comic, If Its Monday It Must Be Madurai is an idiosyncratic portrait of India and her people.