Preface. India 2013-2014

The day has finally come to pack our suitcases and embark for yet another journey; this time, to India.

I am excited to finally “live” the itinerary that took me 3 months to put together,  yet apprehensive to encounter dangers many of my friends warned me of – aggressive men, food poisoning, suffocating odors etc.

Our 40+ day trip will take us to:

Literature and videos:

  1. Lonely Planet India 2013
  2. India: A History by John Kaye
  3. Plain Tales from the Raj by Charles Allen
  4. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  5. Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Mughal Empire by Diana Preston
  6. City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple
  7. White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in XVIII century India by William Dalrymple
  8. The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple
  9. Delhi by Khushwant Singh
  10. The Alchemy of Desire by Tarun J. Tejpal
  11. Tales from Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry
  12. Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry
  13. The Story of India – BBC documentaries.
  14. www.tripadvisor.com
  15. Lonely planet website and its Thorn Tree Forum

Last 3 months, I spent absorbing the history and culture of India, the books created a new dimension in my life, bringing me back to times of Babur and Shah Jahan, Mughals and East India Company. I am thrilled to finally go and see it with my own eyes: appreciate, learn and inevitably fall in love with this country.  I also am excited to see our Oxonian friends in Delhi and Mumbai, attend Dalai Lama teaching in Bylakuppe and most importantly, discover India with a person I can’t live without – my Dimi.

It is going to be an extraordinary trip to Incredible India!

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