See the previous post on books in the first part.
Listed here are five more books that might interest the India Explorer.Elephas Maximus
by Stephen Alter
. 'Elephas Maximus' is the scientific name of the Asian Elephant. That said, title says everything about what the book is. What Alter churns out is not just a boring documentary on an animal. He mixes scientific facts, history of man and elephant in India, current state of elepahants in the wild and his own journeys from Corbett National Park in the north to Thekkady in South in search of elephants. Combine with Alter's excellent narration skills, and what you have in your hands in a winner.City of Joy
by Dominique Lapierre
. A story of suffering, bravery and love in the middle of startling poverty in the slums of Kolkata. Much that we don't know on the living conditions in Kolkata three decades ago is well documented in the form of a story of a few individuals who were in the middle of it.Roar of the Ganges
by Mark Barian
. This one is for the spiritually inclined. A book written by computer professional from the west on his search for peace in India, and eventually becoming a sannyasi. The book is the story of his quest. A good read, the book also gives a brief idea of becoming sannyasi and gently brushes up on spirituality without boring the reader.
Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
by Sogyal Rinpoche
. A book written by Tibetan Lama that contains the original teachings of Padmasambhava who took Buddhism to Tibet from India more than a millennium ago. A book definitely not for the casual reader, but only for very spiritually inclined.Slowly Down the Ganges
by Eric Newby
. Eric Newby and his wife take up the adventure of sailing down the Ganges from Haridwar to Kolkata. From the moment they land in Haridwar, they realize that this is no easy journey. A journey involving lot of pain and some pleasant moments, and plenty of history inserted in between. If you love the mighty Ganges, you will love the book too.