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Product Details

  • Paperback: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales, Inc.; First Edition edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885211015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885211019
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,838,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Travelers' Tales is a new kind of travel anthology, marrying the best of the guidebook and travel literature. India is the third book in this series: a wonderful collection of place-specific tales previously scattered far and wide. Veteran travel writers James O'Reilly and Larry Habegger read hundreds of stories to select those that best capture the experience of India. India is among the most difficult -- and most rewarding -- of places to travel. Some have said India stands for "I'll Never Do It Again." Many more are drawn back time after time because India is the best show on earth, the best bazaar of human experiences that can be visited in a lifetime. It has been said that there are 330 million gods in India, and there are at least that many varieties of experiences available, religious or otherwise. India -- monsoon and marigold, dung and dust, colors and corpses, smoke and ash, snow and endless myth -- is a cruel, unrelenting place of ineffable sweetness. Much like life itself. And, like life itself (if reincarnation be true) worth visiting repeatedly in this turn of the wheel and the next. Stories include: A Bath for Fifteen Million People The Boxer from Calcutta South India's Silicon Valley The Dharma of Heli-skiing Stairway to Heaven Dish-Wallahs

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 1997
Format: Paperback
A collection of many essays, book excerpts and stories from many different authors about travelling in India. Nearly every aspect of travel in India is covered: heliskiing in the Himalayas, staying at ashrams, being sick, travel in the women's compartment of trains, standing in a monsoon, bicycling from Leh to Pakistan, riding with a truck driver. Some essays cover unique aspects of the society, such as the enterprising dish-wallahs who set up a satellite dish and sell cable tv to an apartment building or two. Several of the source books are now out of print, making this collection particularly valuable
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 1998
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This series offers a really nice way of getting insight into India's culture. The stories are well written and entertaining and it covers lots of different aspects of India -- from religion to customs and the way people think. We just returned from a trip to India and brought it along for reading on the flight over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Tulsian on September 29, 2006
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The stories are from all far corners of the country and really

get to the soul of the region is it set in.

I would highly recommend this book to most people, Indians or

non-Indians, they would enjoy learning about the country and

possibly even making travel plans based on the stories and locations

listed in the book.

I've so far bought four copies of this book and gifted three of

them to my friends.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2000
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This book gave a great insight into the world of India! It had so much information about things that most people would not ever have the chance to experience. It is great reading!
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More About the Author

I grew up in Minnesota in a family of seven children, all boys until the last one. After graduating from Dartmouth College I began to travel (I wished I'd been doing it while in college!) and found that writing about my experiences helped me understand the places and cultures I was encountering. I also discovered that newspaper and magazine editors responded as well, and that's how I got started working as a freelance writer. Not long after that I hooked up with James O'Reilly to write a series of mystery serials for the San Francisco Examiner, one of which ran for 104 episodes over five months. We then began writing travel stories together and in 1985 started a syndicated column, World Travel Watch, that has appeared in newspapers in five countries. In 1993 we founded Travelers' Tales with James's brother Tim O'Reilly, and since then we've published some 100 books. I teach workshops on the art and craft of the personal travel story on a regular basis: for information go to LarryHabegger.com.

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