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Daren | 464 comments So my Around the World challenges in 2013 & 2014 severely curtailed my reading of books set in India and China, and I am missing reading them, so I thought I would give states (etc) of India and provinces (etc) of China a crack. I am not working to a time limit on these, and didn't want to mess up any of the other topics people are using so will stick to this one for recording progress.


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Daren | 464 comments Progress Post


India: 29 of 36
China: 30 of 34
Nepal: 5 of 5
Pakistan: 8 of 8
Japan: 6 of 8

Total: 78 of 91

Updated 04/12/2021


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Daren | 464 comments India


State (Capital)

Andhra Pradesh (Visakhapatnam) Indian Balm: Travels in the Southern Subcontinent, by Paul Hyland.
Arunachal Pradesh (Itanagar) Tales From The River Brahmaputra, by Tiziana & Gianni Baldizzone.
Assam (Dispur) Tibetan Trek, by Ronald Kaulback.
Bihar (Patna) No Fullstops In India, by Mark Tully.
Chhattisgarh (Raipur) Seeking Moksha in a Ford Fiesta, by Venkataraman Nilakant.
Goa (Panaji) Go, by Simon Lewis.
Gujarat (Gandhinagar) Desert Places, by Robyn Davidson.
Haryana (Chandigarh)
Himachal Pradesh (Shimla) Strangers In My Sleeper: Rail Trips And Encounters On The Indian Subcontinent, by Peter Riordan.
Jammu and Kashmir (Srinagar) An Area of Darkness, by V.S. Naipaul.
Jharkhand (Ranchi)
Karnataka (Bengaluru) Three Quarters Of A Footprint: Travels In South India, by Joe Roberts.
Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram) The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy.
Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal) The Hall of a Thousand Columns: Hindustan to Malabar with Ibn Battutah, by Tim Mackintosh-Smith.
Maharashtra (Mumbai) Maximum City: Bombay Lost And Found, by Suketu Mehta.
Manipur (Imphal)
Meghalaya (Shillong) Chasing the Monsoon, by Alexander Frater.
Mizoram (Aizawl)
Nagaland (Kohima) Nagaland: A Journey to India's Forgotten Frontier, by Jonathan Glancey.
Orissa (Bhubaneswar) Elephant Tales, by Mark Shand.
Punjab (Chandigarh) Riding The Mountains Down, by Bettina Selby.
Rajasthan (Jaipur) In Rajasthan, by Royina Grewal.
Sikkim (Gangtok) The Search for the Pink-Headed Duck, by Rory Nugent.
Tamil Nadu (Chennai) Tranquebar: A Season in South India, by Georgina Harding.
Telangana (Hyderabad) Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast, by Samanth Subramanian.
Tripura (Agartala) Travels Through Sacred India, by Roger Housden.
Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow) Slowly Down the Ganges, by Eric Newby.
Uttarakhand (Dehradun) Jungle Child, by Norah Burke.
West Bengal (Kolkata) Simon Winchester's Calcutta, by Simon Winchester.

Indian Union Territory (Capital)

Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Port Blair) The Spotted Deer, by J.H. Williams.
Chandigarh Eating the Indian Air, by John Morris.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Silvassa)
Daman and Diu (Daman)
Delhi (Delhi) Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity, by Sam Miller.
Lakshadweep (Kavaratti)
Puducherry (Pondicherry) Om: An Indian Pilgrimage, by Geoffrey Moorhouse.

In Rajasthan (Lonely Planet Journeys) by Royina Grewal Delhi Adventures in a Megacity by Sam Miller Three Quarters Of A Footprint Travels In South India by Joe Roberts Slowly Down the Ganges by Eric Newby Following Fish Travels Around the Indian Coast by Samanth Subramanian The Spotted Deer by J.H. Williams Tibetan Trek by Ronald Kaulback Strangers In My Sleeper Rail Trips And Encounters On The Indian Subcontinent by Peter Riordan Desert Places by Robyn Davidson Tranquebar A Season in South India by Georgina Harding The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy The Hall of a Thousand Columns Hindustan to Malabar with Ibn Battutah by Tim Mackintosh-Smith An Area of Darkness by V.S. Naipaul  Simon Winchester's Calcutta (Travel Literature Series) by Simon Winchester Eating the Indian Air by John Morris No Full Stops in India by Mark Tully Seeking Moksha in a Ford Fiesta by Venkataraman Nilakant Elephant Tales by Mark Shand Chasing the Monsoon by Alexander Frater Om An Indian Pilgrimage by Geoffrey Moorhouse Jungle Child by Norah Burke Tales From The River Brahmaputra by Tiziana Baldizzone The Search for the Pink-Headed Duck by Rory Nugent Riding the Mountains Down by Bettina Selby Maximum City by Suketu Mehta Go by Simon Lewis Nagaland A Journey to India's Forgotten Frontier by Jonathan Glancey Indian Balm Travels in the Southern Subcontinent by Paul Hyland Travels Through Sacred India by Roger Housden


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Daren | 464 comments China


Province (capital)
Anhui (Hefei) The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck.
Fujian (Fuzhou)
Gansu (Lanzhou) Women of the Gobi, by Kate James.
Guangdong (Guangzhou) Behind The Forbidden Door: Travels In China, by Tiziano Terzani.
Guizhou (Guizhou) 67. Huaxi Watermill by Arnold Zable, published in Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers.
Hainan (Haikou)
Hebei (Shijiazhuang) The Great Wall, by John Man.
Heilongjiang (Harbin) White Gardenia, by Belinda Alexandra.
Henan (Zhengzhou)
Hubei (Wuhan) The Five Foot Road: In Search Of A Vanished China, by Angus McDonald.
Hunan (Changsha) Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See.
Jiangsu (Nanjin Letters from Suzhou, by Various.
Jiangxi (Nanchang)
Jilin (Changchun) One's Company: A Journey to China in 1933, by Peter Fleming.
Liaoning (Shenyang) From Emperor to Citizen: The Autobiography of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi
Qinghai (Xining) A Traveller In China, by Christina Dodwell.
Shaanxi (Xi'an) The Terracotta Army, by John Man.
Shandong (Jinan) Water Margin, Volume 1 and Water Margin, Volume 2, by Shi Nai'an.
Shanxi (Taiyuan) Fried Eggs with Chopsticks: Around China by Any Means Possible, by Polly Evans.
Sichuan (Chengdu) The Fire Ox and Other Years, by Suydam Cutting.
Yunnan (Kunming) The River At The Centre Of The World, by Simon Winchester.
Zhejiang (Hangzhou) Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, by Susan Jane Gilman

Autonomous region (capital)
Guangxi Zhuang (Nanning) A-Fa: Or, the Story of a Slave-Girl in China, by Roderick MacDonald.
Inner Mongolia (Hohhot) Xanadu: Marco Polo and Europe's discovery of the East, by John Man.
Ningxia Hui (Yinchuan) Riding The Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, by Paul Theroux.
Xinjiang Uighur (Urumqi) Night Train to Turkistan: Adventures Along China's Ancient Silk Road, by Stuart Stevens.
Tibet (Lhasa) Sky Burial, by Xinran.

Municipalities
Beijing Municipality Chaos and All That: An Irreverent Novel, by Liu Sola.
Chongqing Municipality River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler.
Shanghai Municipality Shanghai, by Harriet Sergeant.
Tianjin Municipality Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter, by Adeline Yen Mah.

Special Administrative Regions
Hong Kong The Unwalled City: A Novel of Hong Kong, by Xu Xi.
Macau The Colour of Tea, by Hannah Tunnicliffe.

Awkward
Taiwan (Taipei) A Tragic Beginning: The Taiwan Uprising of February 28, 1947, by Tse-han Lai.

Night Train to Turkistan Adventures Along China's Ancient Silk Road by Stuart Stevens A-Fa Or, the Story of a Slave-Girl in China by Roderick Macdonald The Terracotta Army by John Man Chaos and All That An Irreverent Novel by Liu Sola Women of the Gobi by Kate James Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman The Good Earth (House of Earth #1) by Pearl S. Buck Riding the Iron Rooster By Train Through China by Paul Theroux Fried Eggs with Chopsticks Around China by Any Means Possible by Polly Evans Sky Burial by Xinran Water Margin, Volume 1 by Shi Nai'an Water Margin, Volume 2 by Shi Nai'an The Unwalled City by Xu Xi A Traveller In China by Christina Dodwell The Colour of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliffe Shanghai by Harriet Sergeant One's Company A Journey to China in 1933 by Peter Fleming White Gardenia by Belinda Alexandra The Great Wall by John Man The River At The Centre Of The World by Simon Winchester Behind The Forbidden Door Travels In China by Tiziano Terzani A Tragic Beginning The Taiwan Uprising of February 28, 1947 by Lai Tse-Han Chinese Cinderella The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah Xanadu Marco Polo and Europe's discovery of the East by John Man Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See Letters from Suzhou by Jacqueline Banki Better Than Fiction True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers by Alexander McCall Smith The Fire Ox and Other Years by Suydam Cutting River Town Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler The Five Foot Road In Search Of A Vanished China by Angus McDonald From Emperor to Citizen The Autobiography of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi by Pu Yi


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dely | 368 comments I'm doing the same but only for India: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/....
I will surely follow your thread to see which books you will read and like in order to take inspiration for my future readings.


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Daren | 464 comments dely wrote: "I'm doing the same but only for India: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/......"
Hi dely
Yes, I saw your progress, which inspired this I didn't want to limit myself to just India though. I am considering expanding to include Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, but I need to do some research to see if it is achievable... I reckon I can only cover about 50% of India & China with unread books I have in my shelves at present.


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dely | 368 comments Daren wrote: "dely wrote: "I'm doing the same but only for India: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/......"
Hi dely
Yes, I saw your progress, which inspired this I didn't want to lim..."


Yes, it is difficult to find books set in some Indian states. Other times the books aren't shipped to Italy or it is very expensive and I also can't buy ebooks on amazon if it isn't the Italian one. How I would like to have the posssibilty to buy from amazon India!
Wish you good luck with your challenge ;-)


message 8: by Daren (last edited Dec 03, 2021 02:38PM) (new)

Daren | 464 comments Nepal Regions
I have used the Development Regions of Nepal, as there are 14 zones and 5 districts!.

Purwanchal (Eastern)- Dhankuta No Place For Men, by Peter Mulgrew.
Madhyamanchal (Central) - Kathmandu The Godfather of Kathmandu, by John Burdett
Pashchimanchal (Western)- Pokhara Annapurna, The First 8000 Metre Peak, by Maurice Herzog.
Madhya Pashchimanchal (Mid-Western) - Birendranagar The Snow Leopard, by Peter Matthiessen
Sudur Pashchimanchal (Far-Western) - Dipayal First Across the Roof of the World, by Graeme Dingle & Peter Hillary.

No Place For Men by Peter Mulgrew The Godfather of Kathmandu (Sonchai Jitpleecheep #4) by John Burdett The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen First Across the Roof of the World by Graeme Dingle Annapurna, The First 8000 Metre Peak by Maurice Herzog

Japan Regions

Hokkaidō - Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan, by Will Ferguson.
Tōhoku
Kantō (Tokyo) - 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami.
Chūbu - Snow Country, by Yasunari Kawabata.
Kansai (Kyoto, Osaka) Seaweed for Breakfast, by Nina Epton.
Chūgoku - The Roads to Sata: A 2000-Mile Walk through Japan, by Alan Booth.
Shikoku
Kyūshū Samurai, by John Man.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata The Roads to Sata A 2000-Mile Walk through Japan by Alan Booth Seaweed for Breakfast by Nina Epton Samurai by John Man Hokkaido Highway Blues Hitchhiking Japan by Will Ferguson


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Daren | 464 comments Pakistan Regions
I have used the administrative 'units' of Pakistan, which include four provinces, one federal capital territory, two autonomous and disputed territories and a group of federally administered tribal areas!

Balochistan (Quetta) The Afghan Amulet: Travels from the Hindu Kush to Razgrad, by Sheila Paine.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Peshawar) I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai.
Punjab (Lahore) In the Name of Honour: A Memoir, by Mukhtar Mai.
Sindh (Karachi) Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie.
Gilgit–Baltistan (Gilgit) Frontiers Of Heaven: A Journey Beyond The Great Wall, by Stanley Stewart
Islamabad The Golden Horde, by Sheila Paine.
Federally Administered Tribal Areas Warrior Poets: Guns, Movie-Making and the Wild West of Pakistan, by Benjamin Gilmour
Azad Kashmir (Muzaffarabad) Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle, by Dervla Murphy.

Frontiers Of Heaven A Journey Beyond The Great Wall by Stanley Stewart Warrior Poets Guns, Movie-Making and the Wild West of Pakistan by Benjamin Gilmour I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai The Afghan Amulet Travels from the Hindu Kush to Razgrad by Sheila Paine Full Tilt Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy The Golden Horde by Sheila Paine In the Name of Honour A Memoir by Mukhtar Mai Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie


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Daren | 464 comments 1. India: Rajasthan: In Rajasthan, by Royina Grewal.


Review Here


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Daren | 464 comments 3. China - Guangxi Zhuang: A-Fa: Or, the Story of a Slave-Girl in China, by Roderick MacDonald.

Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 4. India - Delhi: Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity, by Sam Miller.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 5. China - Shaanxi: The Terracotta Army, by John Man.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 6. Nepal - Purwanchal (Eastern Region): No Place For Men, by Peter Mulgrew.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 8. Pakistan - Gilgit–Baltistan: Frontiers Of Heaven: A Journey Beyond The Great Wall, by Stanley Stewart.

So I read this book intending to use it for Hubei, in China, as his route map passed through there. However it featured for less than quarter of a page, and I have plans for the other provinces... so no other solution than to add Pakistan to the mix - its just another 8 provinces.

review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 9. China - Beijing Municipality: Chaos and All That: An Irreverent Novel, by Liu Sola.


Review HERE


message 19: by Julia (last edited Nov 09, 2014 08:56AM) (new)

Julia Thomas-Singh | 1 comments I like this challenge!

India -- Animal's People
Pakistan -- Thinner Than Skin (very relevant to this post, as it's set in Gilgit-Baltistan, Hunza, China, and other parts of Central Asia)
Nepal -- Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy for Democracy
China -- From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet


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Daren | 464 comments 10. India - Uttar Pradesh: Slowly Down the Ganges, by Eric Newby.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 11. Nepal - Madhyamanchal (Central): The Godfather of Kathmandu, by John Burdett.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 12. Pakistan - Federally Administered Tribal Areas: Warrior Poets: Guns, Movie-Making and the Wild West of Pakistan, by Benjamin Gilmour.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 13. India - Telangana: Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast, by Samanth Subramanian.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 14. India - Andaman and Nicobar Islands: The Spotted Deer, by J.H. Williams.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 15. China - Gansu: Women of the Gobi, by Kate James.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 16. China - Zhejiang: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, by Susan Jane Gilman.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 17. Pakistan - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai.


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Daren | 464 comments 18. India - Assam: Tibetan Trek, by Ronald Kaulback.


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Daren | 464 comments 19. India - Himachal Pradesh: Strangers In My Sleeper: Rail Trips And Encounters On The Indian Subcontinent, by Peter Riordan.


This books covers a whole lot of India and Pakistan - I chose Himachal Pradesh.

Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 20. China - Anhui: The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 21. China - Ningxia Hui :Riding The Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, by Paul Theroux.

Agin, this one covers a lot of ground. I chose Ningxia Hui.

Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 22. Pakistan - Balochistan: The Afghan Amulet: Travels from the Hindu Kush to Razgrad, by Sheila Paine.

Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 23. India - Gujarat: Desert Places, by Robyn Davidson.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 24. India - Tamil Nadu: Tranquebar: A Season in South India, by Georgina Harding.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 26. India - Kerala: The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 27. China - Tibet: Sky Burial, by Xinran.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 28. India - Madhya Pradesh: The Hall of a Thousand Columns: Hindustan to Malabar with Ibn Battutah, by Tim Mackintosh-Smith.

Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 29. China - Shandong: Water Margin, Volume 1 and Water Margin, Volume 2, by Shi Nai'an.

Review HERE and HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 30. Nepal - Madhya Pashchimanchal (Mid-Western): The Snow Leopard, by Peter Matthiessen.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 31. China - Hong Kong SAR: The Unwalled City: A Novel of Hong Kong, by Xu Xi.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 32. India - Jammu and Kashmir: An Area of Darkness, by V.S. Naipaul.


Review Here


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Daren | 464 comments 33. China - Qinghai: A Traveller In China, by Christina Dodwell.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 34. India - West Bengal: Simon Winchester's Calcutta, by Simon Winchester (although it is a book of excerpts from many authors).

Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 35. China - Macau: The Colour of Tea, by Hannah Tunnicliffe.


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Daren | 464 comments 36. China - Shanghai Municipality: Shanghai, by Harriet Sergeant.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 37. India - Chandigarh: Eating the Indian Air, by John Morris.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 38. China - Jilin: One's Company: A Journey to China in 1933, by Peter Fleming.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 39. China - Heilongjiang: White Gardenia, by Belinda Alexandra.


Review HERE


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Daren | 464 comments 40. India - Bihar: No Fullstops In India, by Mark Tully.


Review HERE


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