Wolpert’s reflections on India – its religion and philosophy, its art, culture and politics – make for a literate, succinct primer.
Giles Tillotson, Mary Beard (Editor)
An enlightening pocket guide to the myth, meaning and legends of the celebrated tomb, “the queen of architecture.”
Salman Rushdie (Editor), Elizabeth West (Editor)
Mirrorwork, 50 Years of Indian Writing 1947-1997
A selection of 20th-century Indian prose, both fiction and non-fiction, compiled by Salman Rushdie and featuring work by Jawaharlal Nehru, R.K. Narayan, Satyajit Ray, Amit Chaudhuri and Vikram Seth. Published in celebration of India’s 50 years of independence.
Anuradha Chaturvedi (Editor)
Eyewitness Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur
With chapters on Taj Mahal, Amber Fort Palace, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Red Fort and dozens of other highlights for the traveler, this compact, gorgeously illustrated guide to Delhi and its environs features 900 color photographs, maps and site plans.
National Geographic Maps
India Northwest Adventure Map
A double-sided full color map of Northwest India at a scale of 1:1,400,000 with good shaded relief, topographic detail, roads, waterways and basic travel information.
Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. Two sides. 20 x 31 inches.
Lonely Planet India Phrasebook
A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Packaged in very fashionable locally woven cloth, this beautifully made, discerning guide captures the soul of the city, pointing with authority to neighborhoods, shops, markets, restaurants and attractions. A labor of love by the Bangalore-based Fiona Caulfield and friends. Third edition.
Piers Moore Ede
Kaleidoscope City, A Year in Varanasi
Whether he is attending Ramalila – the city’s annual performance of the Ramayana, talking to members of the caste who man the cremation ghats along the Ganges or simply searching for the best mithai, or sweet, in town, Ede presents a vibrant, kaleidoscopic portrait of contemporary Varanasi.
Capital, The Eruption of Delhi
A fascinating look at sweeping economic changes in Delhi. Dasgupta examines how the influx of wealth into the city has spawned excess and gangsterism.
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
Dalrymple infectiously interweaves his own experiences over a year in Delhi with its art, architecture, history and literature.
India, A Short History
Robinson’s inviting introduction to India chronicles the rise and fall of the India’s kingdoms and its eventual economic decline, which led to the British subjugation of the Mughal Empire in the mid-19th century.
May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons, A Journey Among the Women of India
A wonderfully written and fascinating portrayal of Indian women from Bollywood stars to Indira Gandhi to prostitutes. It’s an insightful portrait of the country as seen through the eyes of its women.
Rogue Elephant, Harnessing the Power of India’s Unruly Democracy
An astute examination of contemporary Indian politics and economics. Simon Denyer, former Indian bureau chief for the Washington Post, writes on the crisis of confidence in the world’s largest democracy.
In Spite of the Gods
Luce tackles the challenges and reality of the world’s largest democracy with insight and balance in this portrait of a nation in transition.
Diana L. Eck
Darsan, Seeing the Divine Image in India
Tremendously useful for the traveler, this rigorous guide explains the significance and meaning of Hindu temples, festivals and ritual. Darsan, which translates as “seeing,” reveals religious expression in India.
Anne McLean (Translator), Julio Cortazar
From the Observatory
Cortazar explores the relationship between the sea and the cosmos and waxes poetic about humanity, using black-and-white photographs of an 18th century observatory in Jaipur as a launch pad for his musings.
Around India in 80 Trains
A terrific account of Rajesh’s epic four-month, 25,000-mile journey to the India of her youth. She begins in her hometown of Chennai, chugs up the Konkan Coast, watches for tigers in Ranthambore and survives Mumbai’s chaotic local lines.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
Gandhi, An Autobiography, or the Story of My Experiments with Truth
There is no substitute for reading Gandhi in his own simple, direct prose. A highly recommended glimpse into the personality and life of this remarkable figure.
Slowly Down the Ganges
In 1963, the author and his wife set out an 1,200-mile voyage down the Ganges River. The title could apply as easily to the ruminative attitude Newby takes towards his journey as to the many mishaps which bedevil the quest.
Chandrahas Choudhury (Editor)
India, A Traveler’s Literary Companion
Each of these 14 stories evokes place and landscape, providing an excellent introduction both to contemporary writers and to India’s diverse cultures and history.
Crowned Best of the Booker in 2008, Rushdie’s greatest novel is a madcap, comic take on the birth of modern India in all its splendid and unexpected manifestations.
Tiger, Soul of India
This lavish tribute features 250 color photographs, examples of art over the ages and engaging essays by tiger wallah Thapar, who has spent 30 years observing tigers.