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India, A Sacred Geography

India, A Sacred Geography

by Diana L. Eck

  • RELIGION
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

Professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard, Diana Eck turns her interest in temples and places of pilgrimage into a celebration of the diversity of popular religious traditions in India in this richly rewarding travelogue. (IDA634, $16.00)

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)

Odyssey Guide Angkor

Odyssey Guide Angkor

by Dawn Rooney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

The sixth edition of Rooney's indispensable guide to Khmer culture and history. Includes monuments, temple plans, color photographs and practical information about Siem Reap. (CBD05, $27.95)

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)

 
Blue Guide India

Blue Guide India


by Sam Miller

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 800 PAGES

Known for its outstanding coverage of ancient history and archaeology, this Blue Guide to India offers comprehensive coverage of the country's art, culture and archaeology. (IDA631, $29.95)

Footprint Cambodia Handbook

Footprint Cambodia Handbook


by Andrew Spooner

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A compact, practical guide packed with history, sightseeing information and essential travel details. (SEA23, $24.95)

Lonely Planet India Phrasebook

Lonely Planet India Phrasebook


by Omkar Koul

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (IDA538, $12.99)

Southern India, A Guide to Monuments Sites & Museums

Southern India, A Guide to Monuments Sites & Museums


by George Michell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 580 PAGES

This guidebook's itineraries and maps cover Southern India's major historical monuments. The hundreds of places it catalogs are found in a wide variety of sites around Mumbai, Chennai, Goa, Kochi, Karnataka, Hampi, Hyderabad and many others. (IDA702, $14.95)

A History of Cambodia

A History of Cambodia


by David Chandler

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

An excellent, scholarly history from early civilization through the rise of Angkor, French colonial period, Vietnamization of Cambodia, Khmer Rouge and Coup de Force of 1997. (CBD27, $40.00)

A Social History of the Deccan, 1300-1761, Eight Indian Lives

A Social History of the Deccan, 1300-1761, Eight Indian Lives


by Richard M. Eaton

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

In this fascinating account of one of the least known parts of South Asia, Richard Eaton recounts the history of the Deccan plateau in southern India from the 14th century to the rise of European colonialism. (IDA555, $40.00)

Digging For The Truth: Angkor Wat: The Eighth Wonder


by Josh Bernstein

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • DVD

Host Hunter Ellis travels deep into the Cambodian jungle to explore the magnificent stone temple complex Angkor Wat built in the early twelfth century. The program was originally produced as an episode of the History Channel's Digging for the Truth in 2007 and features Damian Evans. (CBD85, $24.98)

India

India


by Stanley Wolpert

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

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

Once the Buddha Was a Monkey, Arya Sura's Jatakamala

Once the Buddha Was a Monkey, Arya Sura's Jatakamala


by Arya Sura | Peter Khoroche | Wendy Doniger

  • RELIGION
  • 2006
  • PAPER

These 34 entertaining, instructive tales not only illustrate Buddhist virtue and mischief but also depict life in the courts and countryside of ancient India. (IDA357, $30.00)

Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal, Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism

Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal, Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism


by Todd Thornton Lewis | Tuladhar, Laabh Ratna

  • RELIGION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

This scholarly work demonstrates how ritual texts and narratives have influenced the religious culture of the Newars of Kathmandu, the last surviving South Asian Mahayana Buddhist society. (REL82, $29.95)

The Life of Hinduism

The Life of Hinduism


by John Hawley | Vasudha Narayanan

  • RELIGION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 337 PAGES

A series of essays that present Hinduism as a vibrant and vital religion, with emphasis on the multifaceted world of Hindu worship and the identity issues of Hindus faced with globalization. (IDA374, $31.95)

When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution

When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution


by Elizabeth Becker

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 636 PAGES

One of the best and most comprehensive reports on the rise and fall of the Khmer Rouge, the brutal regime that killed a quarter of the Cambodian population in just four years. Includes a chapter on modern Cambodia. (CBD86, $25.00)

World Religions Today

World Religions Today


by John L. Esposito | Darrell J. Fasching | Todd Lewis

  • RELIGION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 609 PAGES

A scholarly examination of the significance of religion in contemporary life and culture, this volume explores several major traditions including Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, East Asian Religions, indigenous religions and new religions, connecting contemporary religions to classical belief systems. (REL81, $89.95)

Angkor, Celestial Temples of the Khmer Empire

Angkor, Celestial Temples of the Khmer Empire


by John Sanday

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Handsomely produced and packaged in a slipcover, this portfolio of 240 striking color photographs by the accomplished Joe Ortner includes accompanying essays on the architecture, history and meaning of Angkor. (CBD31, $95.00)

Art & Architecture of Cambodia

Art & Architecture of Cambodia


by Helen Ibbitson Jessup

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Jessup includes not just Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei but also lesser-known recent discoveries in the surrounding jungle in this illustrated overview in the World of Art series. (CBD41, $16.95)

Darsan, Seeing the Divine Image in India

Darsan, Seeing the Divine Image in India


by Diana L. Eck

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 115 PAGES

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. (IDA75, $25.00)

Indian Art

Indian Art


by Vidya Dehejia

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A beautifully illustrated, very readable history of Indian art and architecture. It considers the religious and intellectual contexts of three thousand years of Indian art, including the modern era. (IDA185, $29.95)

Masterpieces of the National Museum of Cambodia

Masterpieces of the National Museum of Cambodia


by Helen Ibbitson Jessup

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

A collection of 80 of Cambodia's sculptural treasures, with extended, multilingual captions for each work as well as a historical preface, a chronology and bibliography. Photographs are in full color. (CBD64, $25.00)

Sanctuary, The Temples of Angkor

Sanctuary, The Temples of Angkor


by Steve McCurry

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A selection of 100 stunning color photographs of the monks and the monuments of Angkor, the extraordinary carvings and the forest surrounding the temples by a popular Magnum photographer. (CBD28, $35.00)

Temples of Cambodia, The Heart of Angkor

Temples of Cambodia, The Heart of Angkor


by Helen Ibbitson Jessup

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Jessup provides the accompanying essays to this oversized portfolio of dazzling color images by Barry Brukoff, who has photographed the monuments of Cambodia since 1963. (CBD73, $65.00)

The Ajanta Caves, Ancient Paintings of Buddhist India

The Ajanta Caves, Ancient Paintings of Buddhist India


by Benoy Behl

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A beautifully photographed overview of the ancient murals and paintings of the life of Buddha carved into a hillside in western India. (IDA316, $34.95)

Nine Lives, In Search of the Sacred in Modern India

Nine Lives, In Search of the Sacred in Modern India


by William Dalrymple

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

From Sufi dervish and Buddhist monk to outcast and temple worshiper: nine people, nine lives, all captured by Dalrymple as he journeys throughout India in search of remarkable individuals transformed by religion. At turns bemusing, dazzling and heart-wrenching, this is his first travel book in 15 years. (IDA587, $16.00)

The Gods Drink Whiskey

The Gods Drink Whiskey


by Stephen T. Asma

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Asma writes with verve and wit in this eye-opening account of his yearlong stint teaching at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh. His account is both an overview of Theravada Buddhism and a down-to-earth portrait of contemporary Cambodia. (CBD46, $14.99)

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)

Mirrorwork, 50 Years of Indian Writing 1947-1997

Mirrorwork, 50 Years of Indian Writing 1947-1997


by Salman Rushdie | Elizabeth West

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 554 PAGES

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. (IDA293, $22.99)

Sugata Saurabha an Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha

Sugata Saurabha an Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha


by Chitta Dhar Hridaya | Todd Lewis | Subarna Man Tuladhar

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 404 PAGES

Sugata Saurabha is an epic poem, first published in 1947 in the Nepalese language, Newari, that retells the story of the Buddha's life with compelling artistry and nuance while communicating his basic teachings with simplicity and clarity. This rendering will appeal to scholars of Buddhism for its humanizing view of the Buddha while offering an introduction to his life and teachings. (NPL84, $36.95)

The Mango Season

The Mango Season


by Amulya Malladi

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 229 PAGES

A marvelously evocative novel of life in South India, in which the prodigal daughter returns home. The pleasure and importance of food in the novel (which includes recipes) underscores the tension between modern and traditional. (IDA257, $15.00)

The Ramayana, A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic

The Ramayana, A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic


by R. K. Narayan

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 157 PAGES

The great Indian novelist's translation of the adventures of the god Vishnu incarnated as Prince Rama, the Hindu epic tale of heroism, love and fate. (IDA311, $16.00)

The Red Carpet, Bangalore Stories

The Red Carpet, Bangalore Stories


by Lavanya Sankaran

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 214 PAGES

Born in Bangalore and educated at Bryn Mawr, Sankaran perfectly captures the region's characteristic collision of traditional and modern in these wry stories. (IDA549, $13.00)

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)

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