Travelers' Tales India: True Stories Paperback – Jan 27 2004
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"O'Reilly and Habegger have assembled a marvelous and quite diverse selection of stories on India."
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Whilst we all need the Lonely Planet guide books, this gives a personal view of actual Indian life - little snippets, often only 2 or 3 pages long, from the traveller's experiences. A must-read if you are travelling to India, or even if you are just an armchair traveller!
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Highlights for me included Rory Nugent's eccentric search for the supposedly extinct pink-headed duck, and David Yeadon's brilliant portrayal of character interactions (including an Indian interrupting his narrative digression in real time "Sir, are you hearing me, sir?"). For every traveler that timidly scratched the surface of India without real discovery (such as a particularly uptight and sheltered Oxford Fellow's first trip) there was one so recklessly bold that you're glad you could relive the experience from the safety of your own home (including one author's visit to a tribal island where past visitors had been killed). Somewhere in the middle there's bound to be powerful inspiration for a trip of one's own.
Reading this book was not only satisfying, but served as a launching point for future reading of the complete works from which these tales were excerpted (David Yeadon's Back of the Beyond and Jonah Blank's Arrow of the Blue Skinned God seemed particularly interesting to me).
I have never been to India. I've learned to understand Hindi, although, I would never be so presumptuous to speak it. I have studied the country and it's history for the last few years. This book gave me more insight, in the three days it took to read, then all the books I've read in the past. Take the time to read it. Savor it and enjoy!