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"A rich and informative portal into past and present India. Gary Worthington is a delightful storyteller." -- Traveler's India Magazine, Vol 6, No. 1, 2002

"An order of magnitude better than most of the fiction we see for review. Exciting even to our jaded taste." -- Rowse Reviews, August 16, 2002

"Spellbinding and thought-provoking entertainment." -- Tacoma News Tribune, February 10, 2002

"Worthington has wonderfully captured the mystique and adventure-soaked atmosphere of Rajasthan, with its golden forts and the awe-inspiring desert." -- The Statesman, New Delhi, 20 October 2002

About the Author

Gary Worthington is an attorney in Olympia, Washington, and an independent scholar of South Asia. He has traveled extensively in India and elsewhere. He spent almost 20 years writing this book and its sequel, India Fortunes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Timebridges Publishers; 1 edition (June 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970766203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970766205
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book difficult to put down and enjoyable to read.
"pasto5"
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history of India and wishes to learn about India's culture or just like a good historical book.
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The author does a really good job weaving history lessons into a good story.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By nagplot on August 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
With the straightforward narration of Rutherford and the structure of Michener, this book is so well done that it exceeds in pace and excitement both Rutherford and Michener.
I am from India and a voracious reader of all types of books (including the aforementioned Rutherford and Michener), and I am unusually critical of those that write about India and don't have their books ring true. I initially picked up the book with the feeling that it might be amusing, but probably wouldn't be terribly accurate. Mr Worthington has exceeded even Indian authors on the accuracy front: his names ring true, the language rings true (including the use of Indian words: for example he makes the fine distinction between jauhar and sati), and the characters ring true. M.M. Kaye (the author of The Far Pavilions) lived in India for many years, and yet got the shade of meanings of some Indian words wrong, while as I read Mr Worthington's India Treasures I felt that a fellow Indian had written it.
Mr Worthington's best achievement, though, is that he has rooted the main story in present times, with historical stories that have a link to the main story. While each can be read separately, the book is best enjoyed in sequence, as this generates in the reader an accurate picture of how modern India evolved into the complex society that it is today, with the myriad external influences combining and sythesizing with internal realities.
My highest praise, though, would be reserved for the language and the manner in which Mr Worthington tells the story. He plunges the reader without delay into an intriguing situation and a wonderful story. Those who are captivated by books such as ...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrea M. Pinto on January 26, 2006
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Other reviewers have given great analyses of this book, so I'll skip that. Just want to say this: if you have ANY interest in India, or if you like history or historical fiction at all, you will NOT be able to put down this book. I actually read it at stoplights! That's how good it is! All I can say is thank god there's a sequel that I can start reading now!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 14, 2001
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Gary Worthington's India Treasures: An Epic Novel Of Rajasthan And Northern India Through The Ages is an engaging and entertaining sequence of eight dynamic novellas about Rajasthan and Northern India across the length of human history, all connected by a modern-day treasure hunt. Incorporating crucial events of Indian history seamlessly into the story, India Treasures brings the reader before the wisdom of the Buddha, the canvas of a medieval artist, the throne of the Sultan of Delhi, and many more wondrous places. An utterly absorbing historical. Also highly recommended is the sequel, India Fortunes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "pasto5" on March 24, 2002
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This epic tale of India draws the reader in by weaving ancient India events into an ongoing modern day treasure hunt. Each chapter brought a new understanding of the history that makes up the
complex and exciting world of present day India. The historical chapters read as separate stories while the present day chapters are an ongoing novel within a novel. I found this book difficult to put down and enjoyable to read. The chapter with the battle on elephants featuring Emperor Ashoka made me feel like I was right in the middle. I could smell and feel the battle scenes. I reccomend it for anyone who is searching for a greater understanding of India or just a good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth Green Streeter on August 4, 2001
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India Treasures is just what the subtitle advertises. The book revolves around the town of "Mangarh" in Rajasthan. The story of Mangarh is told in the context of Indian history through the ages. The distant past and the present are interwoven, as are the lives of those who lived there.
The book begins during a tax raid on the family of a former maharaja in the 1970s. While the taxmen are attempting to find riches and treasures the maharaja has neglected to declare, they travel about the estate and the village to archeaological digs and other sites that have played into history. From the modern surroundings you are transported into a historical setting and the lives of those who lived then. The first story is that of an eleven year old girl and her family during the time the invaders from the North swept through. The stories go back and forth between modern times and the past, inter-weaving glimpses of the one area and how history has molded it. Social status and caste are also brought up, both in the context of current life and in history.
This is a wonderful introduction to Indian history and makes the reader want to learn more about it. It would be a good book to read on the airplane if you were traveling to see some of the historical places mentioned. Although I read the book during the flights for a business trip, the layout would make it easy to put down and return to later. It was an entertaining read, and I look forward to the sequel being published.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Leppert on October 11, 2003
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India Treasures is as entertaining as it is intriguing, shifting you back and forth from present day to a variety of historical periods, weaving a story full of history, mystery, intrigue and atmosphere. I highly recommend this book. Whether you're an Indophile or a mystery-lover, you'll find yourself pulled into each story-within-a-story and a little sorry to look up and find out that you're really sitting on your own couch.
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