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India & the Maldives with Sri Lanka & Lakshadweeps

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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India

India

by Stanley Wolpert

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Wolpert's reflections on India -- its religion and philosophy, its art, culture and politics -- make for a wonderfully literate, succinct primer. (IDA04, $29.95)

Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God

Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God

by Jonah Blank

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 370 PAGES

Blank's entertaining portrait of contemporary India and Sri Lanka mixes reporting, anecdote and myth as he travels, sometimes in the footsteps of India's great hero Rama. (IDA250, $18.00)

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

by Paddy Ryan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

A bestseller, this take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs. (DIV18, $21.99)

Maldives Travel Pack

Maldives Travel Pack

by Globetrotter

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

This handy pocket guide to the Maldives includes an excellent full-color pull-out map. (MLD03, $16.95)

India South Map

India South Map

by Nelles

  • 2008
  • MAP

A double-sided colorful regional map of India south of Mumbai, including Sri Lanka and the Andaman and Nicobar islands, at a scale of 1:1,500,000. With maps of Goa, Hyderabad, Bangalore (Bengaluru), Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram. (IDA69, $13.95)

 
Culture Smart! Sri Lanka

Culture Smart! Sri Lanka


by Emma Boyle

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (IDA537, $9.95)

Footprint Sri Lanka Handbook

Footprint Sri Lanka Handbook


by Sue Chare

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 426 PAGES

A practical guide by the respected British publisher of the South American Handbook, this completely revised handbook is an excellent introduction to the geography, culture and history of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. (SRL06, $25.95)

Lonely Planet India Phrasebook

Lonely Planet India Phrasebook


by Omkar Koul

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (IDA538, $10.99)

Lonely Planet South India & Kerala

Lonely Planet South India & Kerala


by Lonely Planet | Lonely Planet Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 534 PAGES

Featuring maps and a good overview of culture, history and nature as well as information on accommodations, excursions and sightseeing. (IDA188, $27.99)

Eating India, An Odyssey into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices

Eating India, An Odyssey into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices


by Chitrita Banerji

  • FOOD
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

Award-winning food writer and Bengali food expert Banerjii takes readers on a marvelous journey through the traditions, origins and ingredients of Indian cuisine. (IDA375, $24.95)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Behind the Beautiful Forevers


by Katherine Boo

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and writer at The New Yorker, Boo turns her four years among the people of a Mumbai Slum into an absorbing tale of the clash of India, new and old, prosperous and disenfranchised. (IDA654, $16.00)

In Spite of the Gods

In Spite of the Gods


by Edward Luce

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

Luce tackles the challenges and reality of the world's largest democracy with insight and balance in this portrait of a nation in transition. (IDA349, $16.95)

The History of Sri Lanka

The History of Sri Lanka


by Patrick Peebles

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 216 PAGES

A concise history geared toward students and general readers that focuses on recent events, including ethnic conflict and the 2004 tsunami, and includes an appendix with brief biographies of key figures. (SRL22, $45.00)

The Spice Route, A History

The Spice Route, A History


by John Keay

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

John Keay draws on ancient logs, traveler's accounts and maps for this rousing history of trade in cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pepper, gums, resins and other costly goods from antiquity to the 17th century. (ASA52, $29.95)

What the Buddha Taught

What the Buddha Taught


by Walpola Sri Rahula

  • RELIGION
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 151 PAGES

A classic account of Theravada Buddhism by a respected monk and scholar from Sri Lanka. Provides translations from original texts with explanations for Western readers. A good foundation for any visitor to Southeast Asia. (SEA41, $14.95)

Not Quite Paradise, An American Sojourn in Sri Lanka

Not Quite Paradise, An American Sojourn in Sri Lanka


by Adele Barker

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

A deft, nuanced account of an American's year-and-a-half teaching stint. Baker weaves information about the history, traditions and daily life of Sri Lanka with reports on the 30-year war between the government and the Tamils, as well as the devastating 2004 tsunami. (SRL20, $18.00)

Running in the Family

Running in the Family


by Michael Ondaatje

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

Award-winning author Ondaatje returns to his native Sri Lanka in this hypnotic travelogue. His lovingly traced family memoirs are interspersed with poetry and ruminations on the island's post-colonial history. (SRL04, $15.00)

Malgudi Days

Malgudi Days


by R. K. Narayan

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Wonderful tales from one of India's foremost writers about a fictional South Indian town, populated by quirky characters whose unique approaches to tradition and modernity are the stuff of great short stories. (IDA59, $16.00)

Midnight's Children

Midnight's Children


by Salman Rushdie

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 533 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

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. (IDA12, $16.00)

The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things


by Arundhati Roy

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

This luminous, Booker-prize winning novel is part mystery, part family saga -- a tale of lost innocence set in Kerala during the tumult of the 1960s. (IDA31, $16.00)

The Moor's Last Sigh

The Moor's Last Sigh


by Salman Rushdie

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 435 PAGES

A sweeping family epic that tackles many of the most complex aspects about Indian culture. In his characteristically rich prose, Rushdie tells the history of India, set among the spice traders of Cochin. (IDA89, $16.00)

Ocean Duets

Ocean Duets


by Michele Westmoreland | Sylvia Earle

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

This stunning portfolio of color photographs celebrates the diversity of marine life. (OCE107, $12.95)

Wild Asia, Spirit of a Continent

Wild Asia, Spirit of a Continent


by Mark Brazil | Art Wolfe

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

Organized by bioregion, this lavishly illustrated survey covers plants, animals, habitats and landscapes from the Himalayas to India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan and the Russian Far East. (ASA33, $49.95)

Birds of India

Birds of India


by Richard Grimmett | Carol Inskipp | Tim Inskipp

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Thoroughly revised, with 73 new plates and many others updated or repainted, the second edition of the masterful Birds of India now features all maps and text opposite the plates for quicker and easier reference. (FG43, $39.50)

Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific

Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific


by Terence M. Gosliner

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 314 PAGES

A comprehensive handbook to 1,000 marine invertebrates by a leading expert from the California Academy of Sciences. (DIV19, $45.00)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Indian Ocean

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Indian Ocean


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided card illustrating 70 fishes of Seychelles, Maldives and neighboring islands. (FG17, $7.50)

Marine Invertebrates Indian Ocean and the Central Pacific

Marine Invertebrates Indian Ocean and the Central Pacific


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

This double-sided plastic card shows 50 of the most commonly encountered marine invertebrates of the Indian Ocean in full-color illustrations, convenient for snorkeling trips. (DIV15, $7.50)

Sri Lankan Wildlife

Sri Lankan Wildlife


by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A concise, illustrated field guide to the plants, animals and habitats of Sri Lanka in the popular British series. (SRL18, $23.95)

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