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Pakistan: Eye of the Storm

Having willfully ignored Pakistan for years, I finally sat down to read Owen Bennett Jones' book ... and discovered I couldn't put it down. And by so

Mar 22, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century
Let me start with two negatives, which explain the 4 (rather than 5) star rating:

First of all, the academic practise of inserting credits to authors m...more
Apr 2014
Mar 31, 2014
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
I almost didn't read this book because I interpreted the description 'narrative non-fiction' to mean 'historical fiction' -- a fictionalized account o...more
Aug 12, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of Global Jihad
Written by a true insider (member of Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy and 30 years with the CIA) and adviser to four US Pre...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
Before and Beyond the Image: Aniconic Symbolism in Buddhist Art
This 2004 translation of a book first published in German in 1976 is an excellent introduction for anyone who wants or needs to know more about the ev...more
Jan 08, 2011
Jan 14, 2014
The Art of Rice: Spirit and Sustenance in Asia
A fascinating and diverse collection of essays on the festivals, beliefs, and customs of rice-growing in Asia. A go-to book for anyone interested in r...more
Nov 18, 2012
Dec 02, 2012
The Memoirs and Memorials of Jacques de Coutre: Security, Trade and Society in 16th and 17th Century Southeast Asia
I won't summarise this work as the publisher has written an extensive and thorough summary of this work and has included several reviews by various ex...more
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
My Feudal Lord
I read this book after reading Owen Bennett Jones' excellent book, Pakistan, as I felt it would be interesting to read a personal, inside-out version...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
  Simon Winchester's Calcutta (Travel Literature Series)
Great fun. Recently read while travelling in Calcutta and Orissa and it thoroughly enhanced the trip. Excellent short history of the city and well-cho...more
Feb 27, 2010
Mar 04, 2010
The Palace of Illusions
Lovely rendering of the Indian classic the Mahabharata but from the unique perspective of one of the female players--Draupadi or Panchaali, as she is...more
Jul 29, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
Fab book on New Delhi. Have given at least five copies to friends who are moving there. Just got a copy signed by Dalrymple while he was in Singapore...more
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May 10, 2010
Begums, Thugs And Englishmen: The Journals Of Fanny Parkes
Fascinating diary excerpts from an Englishwoman who lived in India in the early 1800's and loved every minute of it. Wonderfully refreshing given all...more
Feb 07, 2010
May 10, 2010
Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
May 15, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
Cave by Cave (Ajanta: History and Development) (v. 5)
Apr 2012
May 05, 2012
Indian Sculpture
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Feb 07, 2012
White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India
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May 10, 2010
The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857
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May 10, 2010
Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions
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May 02, 2014
The White Tiger
May 24, 2014
May 26, 2014
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