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A Portrait of India

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Essential Reading Package-EXIDA410

Item EXIDA410. Buy these 5 items as a set for $99 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

India

IDA04
Stanley Wolpert
University of California Press
2009
281
0520260325
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Wolpert's reflections on India -- its religion and philosophy, its art, culture and politics -- make for a literate, succinct primer.
$34.95

Taj Mahal

IDA528
Giles Tillotson, Mary Beard (Editor)
Harvard University Press
2008
190
0674031865
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An enlightening pocket guide to the myth, meaning and legends of the celebrated tomb, "the queen of architecture."
$16.00

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

IDA06
William Dalrymple
Penguin Putnam
2003
350
0142001007
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
1
0
0
Dalrymple infectiously interweaves his own experiences over a year in Delhi with its art, architecture, history and literature.
$17.00

Insight Guide India

IDA19
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2016
520
1780057253
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An illustrated overview of India, with essays on its attractions, history, nature and culture. Includes introductions to the major temples, forts and wildlife sites and plenty of color photos and maps.
$26.99

India Adventure Map

IDA18
National Geographic Society
National Geographic Maps
2011
2
0921463723
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
The most detailed shaded relief map (at a scale of 1:2,100,000) of India available.
$12.95

Culture Smart! India

IDA298
Becky Stephen
Kuperard
2016
168
1857338405
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, well-illustrated guide to both social and business customs in India.
$11.99

Eyewitness Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur

IDA151
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
312
1465428259
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With chapters on the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort Palace, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the 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.
$25.00

Eyewitness Guide India

IDA265
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2014
800
1465411844
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A handsome, beautifully illustrated guide to India. It features color photographs, history and plenty of background information.
$30.00

A Free Man

IDA689
Aman Sethi
W. W. Norton & Company
2013
230
0393346609
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Sethi conjures Mohammed Ashraf and his indelible group of day laborer friends in the Old Delhi Railway Station in this searing portrait of life -- and injustice -- in contemporary India.
$15.95

Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God

IDA250
Jonah Blank
Grove Press
2000
370
0802137334
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

Banaras

IDA211
Diana L. Eck
Columbia University Press
1999
448
0231114478
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This history of the holiest and oldest of Indian cities (now known as Varanasi), the home of Shiva, encompasses many millennia of Buddhist and especially Hindu practices along the Ganges.
$35.00

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

IDA654
Katherine Boo
Random House
2014
304
081297932X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Capital, The Eruption of Delhi

IDA698
Rana Dasgupta
Penguin Putnam
2014
496
1594204470
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A fascinating look at sweeping economic changes in Delhi. Dasgupta examines how the influx of wealth into the city has spawned excess and gangsterism.
$28.95

In Spite of the Gods

IDA349
Edward Luce
Alfred Knopf
2008
346
1400079772
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Luce tackles the challenges and reality of the world's largest democracy with insight and balance in this portrait of a nation in transition.
$16.95

India, A Sacred Geography

IDA634
Diana L. Eck
Crown
2013
576
0385531923
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

India, A Short History

IDA701
Andrew Robinson
Thames & Hudson
2014
248
0500251991
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Robinson’s inviting introduction to India chronicles the rise and fall of India’s kingdoms and the unified nation’s eventual economic decline, which led to the British subjugation of the Mughal Empire in the mid-19th century.
$24.95

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

IDA37
Elisabeth Bumiller
Fawcett
1991
220
0449906140
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Dreaming in Hindi, Coming Awake in Another Language

IDA565
Katherine Russell Rich
Lightning Source
2010
384
0547336934
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Rich skewers the hilarity and challenges of taking on not just a new language but also a new culture in this spirited tale of life in Udaipur.
$20.95

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

IDA163
Mohandas K. Gandhi
Beacon Press
1993
528
0486245934
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Nine Lives, In Search of the Sacred in Modern India

IDA587
William Dalrymple
Alfred Knopf
2011
256
0307474461
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

India, A Traveler's Literary Companion

IDA598
Chandrahas Choudhury (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2010
256
1883513243
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

Malgudi Days

IDA59
R. K. Narayan
Penguin
2006
272
0143039652
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
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.
$17.00

Midnight's Children

IDA12
Salman Rushdie
Random House
2006
533
0812976533
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
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.
$18.00

Mirrorwork, 50 Years of Indian Writing 1947-1997

IDA293
Salman Rushdie (Editor), Elizabeth West (Editor)
Henry Holt
1997
554
0805057102
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$27.00

The God of Small Things

IDA31
Arundhati Roy
Random House
2008
336
0812979656
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

The Moor's Last Sigh

IDA89
Salman Rushdie
Pantheon Books
1997
435
0679744665
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Travelers' Tales India

IDA05
James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger
Traveler's Tales
2004
496
1932361014
PAPER
Anthology
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
A collection of 45 descriptive and thought-provoking short excerpts on Indian life and culture, including contributions from Rushdie, Naipaul and Dalrymple, plus some valuable excerpts from books long out of print.
$19.95

Birds of India

FG43
Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp
Princeton University Press
2012
384
0691049106
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$39.50

More Books

A Fine Balance

IDA92
Rohinton Mistry
Vintage Books
1997
624
140003065X
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
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.
$17.00

Mughal India, Splendours of the Peacock Throne

IDA50
Valerie Berinstain, Paul Bahn (Translator)
Thames & Hudson UK
1998
159
0810928566
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This illustrated pocket guide presents the history, culture and splendor of the Mughal court and its celebrated architecture in hundreds of archival photographs and drawings.
$15.95

Taj Mahal

IDA108
M.C. Joshi, Jean-Louis Nou (Photographer), Amina Okada
Abbeville Publishing Group
1993
231
1558596178
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This lavish portrait features 158 full-color photographs (including four magnificent foldout panels) by the extraordinary Jean-Louis Nou. With grand exterior views, filigreed inscriptions and bejeweled floral mosaics.
$75.00

India Unbound

IDA144
Gurcharan Das
Alfred Knopf
2002
432
0385720742
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this pleasant and readable narrative, acclaimed journalist and author Gurcharan Das weaves his personal story into the larger context of India's recent history, discussing at length the economic and political issues facing the nation.
$17.00

Curry, A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors

IDA319
Lizzie Collingham
Oxford University Press
2007
352
0195320018
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
This cultural history with recipes is appetizingly organized as a menu (biryani, vindaloo, chai, etc.). Collingham explores the origins and spread of Indian food and the interplay between Muslim, Hindu, Portuguese and British traditions on the subcontinent.
$16.95

Mangoes & Curry Leaves, Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent

IDA320
Jeffrey Alford, Naomi Duguid
Workman Publishing Company
2005
416
1579652522
HARD COVER
Food
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
In this latest book the roving, food-loving authors (Hot Sour Salty Sweet, Item SEA80) travel the seven countries of the Indian Subcontinent: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, collecting not only 200 recipes but also engaging tales of the people, history and adventures. With color photographs of food and places throughout.
$50.00

Sea of Poppies

IDA529
Amitav Ghosh
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2009
528
0312428596
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Amativ Ghosh conjures the tumult of the 19th-century Opium Wars and colonial India in this expansive tale, featuring a motley cast of British, Chinese and Indian characters.
$18.00

India, In Word and Image

IDA540
Eric Meola (Photographer)
Welcome Books
2013
272
1599620499
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Meola deftly pairs colorful photographs of people, traditions, art and architecture with choice quotations by Salman Rushdie, R. K. Narayan, Jhumpa Lahiri and others in this dazzling visual celebration of the culture and pageantry of India.
$60.00

The White Tiger, A Novel

IDA542
Aravind Adiga
Free Press
2008
288
1416562605
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

The Artist of Disappearance

IDA635
Anita Desai
Houghton Mifflin Company
2011
176
0547577451
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In just three sharply drawn, interconnected stories Desai evokes a whole world, showing the contrast between old and new, urban and rural in contemporary India. Finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
$23.00

India Becoming

IDA646
Akash Kapur
Antique Collector's Club
2013
304
1594488193
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Kapur returns to the country of his birth for this revealing and rich tapestry of contemporary India as told through the lives of ordinary people.
$16.00

For Kids

Buddha Stories

ASA16
Demi
Henry Holt and Company
1997
32
0805048863
HARD COVER
Religion
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Intended for ages 4 to 8, this book tells 10 of the author's favorite "jakatas," or moral tales of the Buddha. She has sumptuously illustrated the volume in gold printed on deep, dark blue (in the tradition of an ancient Buddhist text).
$25.99

Big Cats

BST46
Seymour Simon
HarperCollins
1994
40
006446119X
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A full-color introduction to the life of big cats around the world, including the tiger, lion, leopard, puma, cheetah, jaguar, and snow leopard. Intended for children ages 4-8.
$6.99

The Conch Bearer

IDA317
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Scholastic Inc.
2005
0689872429
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
A marvelous, mystical novel for ages 9-11, which follows a young boy from the streets of Calcutta to the Himalayas, beautifully evoking the sights and sounds of India.
$7.99

Rickshaw Girl

IDA353
Mitali Perkins, Jamie Hogan (Illustrator)
Random House
2008
96
1580893090
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Naima is a young Bangladeshi girl hesitating between her expected role as a woman in her traditional culture and the desire to help her family earn money. A sweet story about a talented and independent girl, and a fascinating window into another world.
$6.95

Asian Children's Favorite Stories

ASA56
Patrick Yee (Illustrator), Liana Romulo, Joan Suyenaga, Kay Lyons
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2006
112
0804836698
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Subtitled "A treasury of folktales from China, Japan, Korea, India, The Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia," this is a wonderful collection of 13 traditional stories.
$24.95

The Taj Mahal, A Story of Love and Empire

IDA407
Elizabeth Mann
Firefly Books
2008
48
1931414203
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
One in the growing series of illustrated Wonders of the World, geared for a middle school audience.
$22.95

Keeping Corner

IDA522
Kashmira Sheth
Hyperion
2009
281
0786838590
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Set in a Gujarat village, this coming-of-age story intertwines 12-year-old Leela's personal growth with Ghandi's independence movement. When Leela's future husband dies, she is imprisoned according to tradition, but the independence and modernization of India brings hope for her future.
$7.99

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IDA523
Patricia McCormick
Hyperion
2008
263
0786851724
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A haunting, gritty free-verse novel for young adults about a young woman from Nepal sold into prostitution in Calcutta, told beautifully and realistically.
$8.99

Daughter of the Mountains

HML96
Louise Rankin
Puffin
1993
192
0140363351
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A marvelous read-alound introduction to the Himalayas, this captivating odyssey follows a 10-year-old girl from her village in Tebet over the Khyber Pass to Calcutta in a quest to find her beloved Lhasa. Rankin's classic, geared for ages 9-12, won the 1949 Newbery Medal.
$6.99

India

IDA641
Ali Brownlie Bojang
Heinemann
2011
48
1432952323
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
One in the illustrated and informative Countries Around the World series, geared for ages 8-11.
$9.95