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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)

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)

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)

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)

 
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)

Love Mumbai

Love Mumbai


by Fiona Caulfield

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • BOXED
  • 192 PAGES

This beautifully made, affectionate guide, printed on hand-made paper, captures the soul of the city, pointing with authority to neighborhoods, shops, markets, restaurants and attractions. (IDA389, $50.00)

Rough Guide Kerala

Rough Guide Kerala


by David Abram

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

This practical guide in the excellent British series includes a good historical and cultural overview. (IDA364, $19.99)

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)

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)

India, A Concise History

India, A Concise History


by Francis Watson

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

An illustrated history in the fine series from Thames & Hudson. (IDA139, $18.95)

May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons, A Journey Among the Women of India

May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons, A Journey Among the Women of India


by Elisabeth Bumiller

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 220 PAGES

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. (IDA37, $16.00)

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, A Concise History

Indian Art, A Concise History


by Roy C. Craven

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This convenient volume in the acclaimed "World of Art" series is a crisp, illustrated overview of the range of Indian art over the centuries. (IDA16, $29.95)

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)

Bombay Smiles

Bombay Smiles


by Jaume Sanllorente

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 173 PAGES

A beautifully simple memoir by a man from Barcelona whose vacation to India became a life-altering mission to save an orphanage and its surrounding community in Mumbai. (IDA609, $12.00)

Gandhi, An Autobiography, or the Story of My Experiments with Truth

Gandhi, An Autobiography, or the Story of My Experiments with Truth


by Mohandas K. Gandhi

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

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. (IDA163, $16.00)

Goa, and the Blue Mountains or Six Months of Sick Leave

Goa, and the Blue Mountains or Six Months of Sick Leave


by Richard Burton

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A facsimile edition of Burton's first book, an account of travels in Goa, the Nilgiri mountains and cities along the Malabar coast of southwestern India, first published in 1851. (IDA259, $31.95)

On a Shoestring to Coorg: An Experience of Southern India

On a Shoestring to Coorg: An Experience of Southern India


by Dervla Murphy

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This tough Irish grandmother has made travel something of a cottage industry. Here's her first venture outside Europe, an insightful tale of her wanderings by bus and on foot through the mountainous province of Coorg in 1976. (IDA29, $34.00)

A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance


by Rohinton Mistry

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Set in 1975 in an unnamed Indian "city by the sea," this tender novel follows the intermingled fortunes of a Parsi widow, her boarder and two tailors. A Booker Prize finalist. (IDA92, $17.00)

Hindu Myths

Hindu Myths


by Wendy Doniger

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 386 PAGES

A sourcebook, translated from the Sanskrit, this anthology is drawn from editor and University of Chicago professor Doniger's courses on Hinduism and mythology. (IDA347, $17.00)

India, A Traveler's Literary Companion

India, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Chandrahas Choudhury

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

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. (IDA598, $14.95)

Kanthapura

Kanthapura


by Raja Rao

  • LITERATURE
  • 1967
  • PAPER

First published in 1938, Rao's sharp tale shows how Gandhi's struggle for independence came to a typical village in South India. (IDA674, $15.95)

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)

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 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 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)

The White Tiger, A Novel

The White Tiger, A Novel


by Aravind Adiga

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Mordant, funny, angry, horrifying, this Booker Prize-winning tale of a village pauper turned success (and murderer) skewers the ambition, inequity and corruption of 21st-century India. (IDA542, $16.00)

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)

India Birds, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species

India Birds, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • COMING IN APRIL

A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. With full-color images and text, it features more than 100 birds often-seen in India. (IDA727, $6.95)

India Wildlife, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals

India Wildlife, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • COMING IN APRIL

A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. It features more than 140 creatures often seen in India (from tigers and lions to flying lizards) with full-color images and text. Part of the great Pocket Naturalist series. (IDA728, $6.95)

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