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Books For The India Explorer - Iii

Also see the  first and second posts on books. The third in the series covers five more books that would interest the traveller.

Rain in the Mountains by Ruskin Bond. In this book, Ruskin Bond gets up close and personal about his life in the mountains and his experiences of living in the Himalayas, especially around Landour and Mussoorie. It extends as a short autobiography of his life too, but most part of the book is dedicated to his short works like essays, short stories and poems.

The Great Railway  Bazaar by Paul Theroux.  In this book, Paul Theroux writes about a journey through Asia, starting from London. He narrates his story about starting from London and travelling on trains through Europe to Istambul, and then on to Iran, Pakistan, India, Indochina, Japan and back using Trans-Siberian Railway via Moscow, Germany and Holland. Just the thought of such a journey sounds incredible.

Nanda Devi Affair by Bill Aitken. Nanda Devi affair is a book written with extensive information and travel-stories on the region around Mt.Nanda Devi. Bill Aitken writes about history of expeditions in Nanda Devi, and then goes on to tell about his own experience of walking in the wilderness and mountains around Nanda Devi.

Seven Sacred Rivers by Bill Aitken. In this book, Aitken goes on to explore the seven sacred rivers of India, as the title of the book says. The old Sanskrit slokas defines those seven rivers as Ganga, Yamuna, Godavary, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri; mythical Saraswati of course, no longer traced. The book is full of his experiences and insights of each of these rivers.

Exploring Indian Railways by Bill Aitken. Aitken found trains fascinating, especially steam engines and narrow gauge trains of the olden days. He travels through the country exploring the new and old railway systems, which takes him to some well known places and remote regions across the country. This book is about sharing his fascination to trains.

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By Bob Symn| Posted on:10 Jul 2008

Hey.. I went through Rain in the Mountains.. and loved it. Very light read.. excellent for lazy, languid hours..
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