< BACK       BOOKSTORE HOME
Nathaniel Grann's favorite book from 2018

Nick Sethi’s Khichdi (Kitchari) is one of the most heartfelt books I’ve come across in awhile. At first, experiencing this book can feel a bit overwhelming, as it is made up of hundreds (if not thousands) of photographs from Sethi’s travels through India and features a different layout on each page; nested inside, though, is a sincere look at and celebration of the country and people he has come to know through his work. Sethi, an American-born photographer of Indian heritage, began using photography as a way to work around language and cultural barriers when he first began visiting India; it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch to view this book as the journey of someone exploring a place that is both familiar and unfamiliar. By the end, there is a jubilant energy that drives the book, as we see Sethi posing and playing with children and adults alike. It’s a gem of a book — one I’ve continued to visit and be surprised by time and time again.


Nathaniel Grann is a photographer and educator based out of Los Angeles. He recently released his first monograph, Midwest Sentimental, with Peperoni Books. www.nathanielgrann.com