India Journals

Indian Guide Books - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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A travel journal to India by koshkha

Quote: I have lots of guide books for India and her cities. Some are great, some are awful. Most are physical books, but I've also been trying out e-guides. The purpose of this 'journal' is to help you pick the right ones.

Following the Cricket Tour

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'Not Very Bollywood At All' by Richard Beeching is one of the funniest first hand accounts of a trip to India that I've ever read. It follows the adventures of a cricket fan who followed the England cricket team on the 2001 test series. I bought it earlier this year as a Kindle book and wasn't expecting too much.I've read very good and very bad Kindle 'books' about people's experiences of travelling in the country that I love and this is the best so far. I fear that the advent of easy 'blogging' and relatively easy e-book publishing has led a lot of people – many of whom should probably have kept their travel experiences for the eyes and ears of long suffering friends and family – to launch themselves...Read More

India Modern - Herbert Ypma

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Herbert Ypma is a design guru and probably best known as the man behind the popular 'Hip Hotel' guides. If Herbert says it's hip, the world listens to this arbiter of fashion. Herbert was born in the Netherlands which is pretty ironic given how rubbish Dutch hotels tend to be but fortunately for the world of fashionable accommodation, his family moved to New York when he was six years old. So strong is his association with the hotel trade that I was quite surprised when I realised that he had edited this book, 'India Modern – Traditional Forms and Contemporary Design' which is published by Phaidon.We go to India on holiday most years and when I'm not in India I am generally thinking about ...Read More

Eyewitness Travel Guide

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~My Relationship with India~ The first few holidays I had in India were organised by tour companies. After four trips where we paid over the odds for the convenience of someone else making all the arrangements, I realised that we didn't need to do that any more. By then I knew enough about how the country 'worked' to just get stuck in and do it myself. I also realised I didn't want the sanitised and buffered protection of a tour company - we could do it ourselves and we might well get to see a different side of life in India. For the last 5 years I have booked everything myself - flights, trains, hotels and have done all the research myself. Some of my itineraries have been pretty strange ...Read More
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This is not a book that will tell you where to go, when to go or what to see. Instead it's a book which will lift your heart and inspire you with the author's and photographer's love of India. They don't 'tell' you very much at all - but they 'show' you plenty. If you've ever bought a book and been disappointed that there weren't enough pictures, then the Taschen 'Icons' range is probably just what you want. Taschen is a German publisher based in Koln/Cologne which has been running for just over 30 years. It was started by an 18-year old who ran a shop selling comic books and he realised that there was a high demand for unpretentious, good value books about art, design and architecture. T...Read More
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I’ve been to India for holidays and for business trips over 15 years. I’ve been all over the place but I still wouldn’t claim that I ‘know’ Inda; it’s an unknowable mess of contradictions and conundrums. I should have been a bit more sceptical about ‘India--All the parts other travel books leave out’ by Phillip Donnelly when I spotted it in Kindle format on Amazon for just 77 pence."It’s not flying I object to – it’s the people I have to fly with that I fine objectionable."I read the first few pages which were available via Amazon’s ‘Click to look inside’ and was mildly amused by the authors thoughts on how other people should behave on planes, thinking he was clearly quite bi...Read More