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Shanti Bloody Shanti
Shanti Bloody Shanti

Shanti Bloody Shanti

An Indian Odyssey


260 Pages, 5.25 x 8

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $17.95)

Publication Date: September 2013

ISBN 9781938901119

Rights: US & CA

Roaring Forties Press (Sep 2013)

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Get lost in the bustle of life in contemporary India

Providing a look at India that is humorous, unvarnished, and unsentimental, this travel narrative takes readers on a rollicking journey of personal discovery across the Indian subcontinent. A travelogue of journalist Aaron Smith’s time in India—witnessing the tragic death of a friend, dodging terrorist attacks, getting caught in a revolution, and befriending a colorful cast of characters—it explores the inherent contradictions of India in a fast pace that allows the reader to explore the grittier side of India and revel in its swirling madness.


“Visceral …It’s quite a trip.” —Richard Aedy, Life Matters, ABC Radio

"At times as garish as a Bollywood flick and reminiscent of fellow Australian Gregory David Roberts' Indian adventure Shantaram." —Publishers Weekly

“A funny and enjoyable romp packed with traveller’s tales that rings true.” —Julian Swallow, The Adelaide Advertiser

"Smith's tale is part travelogue, part psychedelic journey, part coming-of-age, and strangely engrossing." —Publishers Weekly

"The narrative of this spiritual quest/drug-fueled odyssey is striking and even lyrical, and the tension builds rapidly to a haunting end." —Ravi Shenoy, Library Journal

Author Biography

Aaron Smith is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including Australian Geographic, Diver, and Outer Edge.