Travel Books

The Mavericks of Mussoorie : Life in the Corridors of Power

The Mavericks of Mussoorie is an inspiring look at how an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, in his individual capacity, can work to influence and execute policies that make a positive contribution to the country. It is surprisingly honest in its acknowledgement of some of the pitfalls of the system, and sets out clearly what needs to be done to bring out the full potential of the Civil Service.

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In this candid memoir M. Ramachandran opens up on how and why, despite a distinguished career, the post of Cabinet Secretary eluded him. This book unfolds what transpired and reveals what happens behind the scenes in Indian bureaucracy.

About The Author

M. Ramachandran, an IAS officer of the 1972 batch, served for thirty-eight years before retiring in 2010. Born and brought up in Kerala, he served in various positions including that of the District Magistrate and Collector, Rae Bareli. He rose to be the Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand and was Secretary in the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, for close to four years.

Post retirement, he continues to be active in the urban sector and governance areas. He is associated with various national level endeavors in the capacity of Chairperson of the Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation, Chairman of the National Urban Transport Awards Committee, Chancellor of a University and Advisor on the Green Buildings rating system.

Dr Ramachandran has a Master's degree in Economics, MPhil in Economic Planning and PhD on Project Planning. His previously published works include Urban Renewal, Building from the Bottom: Infrastructure and Poverty Alleviation, Delhi Metro Stations and Surroundings, Metro Rail Projects in India, India's Urban Confusion and Reforming Urban Transport in India: Issues and Best Practices.He can be reached at mramachandran@hotmail.com

Himalaya : Adventures / Meditations / Life

For some, the Himalaya is a frontier against which to test themselves. Others find refuge and tranquility in the mountains, a place where they can seek their selves, perhaps even God. and over millennia, the mountains have cradled civilization itself and nurtured teeming, irrepressible life.

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With over fifty essays, this comprehensive volume brings together a dazzling range of voices among others, Fa - Hsien, Pundit Nain Singh, Heinrich Harrer, Fanny Parkes, Dharamvir Bharati, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Rahul Sankrityayan, Amitav Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru, Frank Smythe, Paul Brunton, Edmund Hillary, Mark Twain, Sarat Chandra Das, Dom Moraes, Manjushree Thapa and the two editors themselves in an unparalleled panorama. Here you will find stories of great ascents and descents, the madness of war on the world’s highest battlefield, tales of exploratory derring - Do in Tibet and elsewhere, a drunken jaunt in Kumaon and even the probable sighting of an Abominable Snowman in the Valley of Flowers.

A seeker has an intense spiritual experience on Mount Kailas, another among shamans on a mountaintop in Nepal and looking for the snow leopard in Ladakh, an author finds himself. A resident of a Sherpa village writes a heartfelt account of the aftermath of an avalanche which killed porters and climbers on Everest and residents of Langtang record an oral history of the earthquake which wiped out their village. A matriarch describes her life and family in Almora of a bygone time, a prisoner in Dehra Dun jail draws solace from visits by birds and small animals and the fragrance of lime makes a traveller’s night in a remote Garhwal village memorable for all time.

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Edited by Ruskin Bond, India’s most - loved writer and acclaimed novelist Namita Gokhale, this anthology spans the entire range, from the foothills to the highest peaks and from its easternmost to its westernmost ends. Himalaya will keep you riveted.

TREKKING IN THE NEPAL HIMALAYA : 10th Edition

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you.

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Tour through the hidden backstreet courtyards and temples of Kathmandu, explore the base of the world's highest mountain and learn everything you need to know to trek through this incredible region; all with your trusted travel companion.

Get to the heart of the Nepal Himalaya and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya Travel Guide: Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - customs, history, environment Over 60 maps Covers Kathmandu, Everest Region, Annapurna Region, Langtang, Helambu, Eastern Nepal, Western Nepal and more The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya offers a comprehensive look at all you need to know to have a safe and rewarding trek. Looking for a guide focused on Nepal? Check out our Lonely Planet Nepal guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer.

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Written and researched by Lonely Planet,. About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Gulliver's Travels Class 9th

Gulliver’S Travels – Term I & Term Ii – Class Ix ‘Gulliver’S Travels’ Is A Novel Decrypting The Voyages Undertaken By Lemuel Gulliver To The South Seas And How He Reached Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, Balnibardi, Luggnag, Glubbdubdrib, Japan And The Country Of The Houyhnhnm.

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This Novel Has Been Penned Down By Jonathan Swift. The Novel Has Been Adopted By The Central Board Of Secondary Education (Cbse) Under Class Ix English Curriculum. The Present Unabridged Edition Of ‘Gulliver’S Travels’ Covers Both Term I And Term Ii Syllabi Of Class Ix Examinations. This Book Has Been Divided Into Two Sections I.E. Term-I And Term-Ii.

The Term-I Section Has Been Sub-Divided Into Two Parts – Part I: A Voyage To Lilliput And Part Ii: A Voyage To Brobdingnag And The Term-Ii Has Been Further Divided Into Two Parts Part Iii: A Voyage To Laputa, Balnibardi, Luggnag, Glubbdubdrib & Japan And Part Iv: A Voyage To The Country Of The Houyhnhnm. Both Sections, Term-I And Term-Ii End With A Question Digest Section Containing Questions Which May Be Asked In The Cbse Class X Term-I And Term-Ii Examination Along With Their Answers. The Book Also Contains About The Novel And Know The Characters In The Beginning And Character Sketches At The End Of The Book

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As The Novel Has Been Presented In The Unabridged Edition Along With Number Of Questions Which Can Be Asked In The Cbse Class Ix Examination, It For Sure Will Help The Students Go Through The Novel In The Best Possible Manner And Help Them Score Good Grades In The Upcoming Cbse Class Ix Term I And Term Ii Examinations.

Travelling in a Strange Land

Set in a frozen winter landscape, the new novel from the prize-winning, acclaimed author David Park is a psychologically astute, expertly crafted portrait of a father's inner life and a family in crisis An Irish Times Book of 2018 I am entering the frozen land, although to which country it belongs I cannot say.

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The world is hushed, cloaked in snow. Transport has ground to a halt, flights cancelled and roads treacherous. Yet Tom must venture out into this transformed landscape to collect his son Luke, sick and stranded in his student lodgings. During this solitary journey from Belfast to Sunderland by car and boat, Tom reflects on his life: the beloved wife he leaves behind, labouring to create the perfect Christmas and mend their family's cracks with seasonal cheer; the son he is driving towards, yet struggles to connect with; the countless small disappointments of his photography career; and the absence that is always there as a voice in his head - his other son, Daniel.

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In prose both lyrical and effortless, David Park vividly presents us with the inner life of a man grappling with existence's challenges: the memories that haunt us, the secrets that divide us, and the bonds that strengthen us. Meditating on marriage, masculinity, parenthood and ambition, this novel encapsulates, with its exquisitely nuanced, precisely delineated depiction of human experience, the unsolved mystery at the heart of our lives.

Nanda Devi

Until 1934 the hidden valley of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, on the border between India and Tibet, had never been entered by human beings.

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Surrounded by 20,000 - foot peaks, which effectively seal off Mt Nanda Devi at their centre, it is virtually impenetrable. Many early explorers, drawn there by the idea of a ‘lost Eden’ in the Himalaya, could only gaze with longing at the Sanctuary – until the terrible-twins; of Pre-Second World War mountaineering, Eric Shipton and Bill Tillman, solved the problem by forcing an entrance up a precipitous river gorge.

Subsequent expeditions were beset by tragedy and concern that the fragile ecology of the Sanctuary might be damaged; until, for curious reasons involving the CIA, the Indian government finally decided to ban all visitors. The Sanctuary was only opened briefly again in 2000 for a special millennium expedition, of which Hugh Thomson was a part. Thomson weaves the story of this last journey to the Sanctuary together with those who have gone before him, giving a tantalizing account of a place one explorer described as more inaccessible than the North Pole.

About the Author

Hugh Thomson Read English at Cambridge University. One of Britain's leading explorers of Inca settlements, he has led many research expeditions to the Peruvian Andes. His acclaimed books include The White Rock : An Exploration of the Inca Heartland and Cochineal Red, both about Peru; A Sacred Landscape, about the earliest beginnings of the Andean civilization; Tequila Oil : Getting Lost in Mexico, which was serialized by BBC Radio 4; 50 Wonders of the World; and The Green Road into the Trees : An Exploration of England, which won the inaugural Wainwright Prize for Nature and Travel Writing.

Hugh is also a film-maker and has taken filming expeditions to Mount Kilimanjaro, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the Mexican Sierra Madre. He has won many awards for his documentaries, which include Indian Journeys with the writer William Dalrymple, which won the Grierson Prize for Best Documentary Series, and the acclaimed Dancing in the Street :A Rock and Roll History, for which he won a BAFTA nomination.

The Motorcycle Diaries

The Motorcycle Diaries recounts the trip that Ernesto Guevara went on with his friend, travelling across South America on a motorcycle. The trip was a catalyst in turning the young man into a revolutionary.

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Road trip books are always interesting. They contain interesting encounters, adventures and misadventures of the protagonists on their travels. The Motorcycle Diaries has the added attraction of being the road trip of a charismatic revolutionary who altered the course of history in his region.

A medical student, Guevara liked to travel, and he had earlier undertaken a road trip on a modified bicycle fitted with an engine. In 1952, Guevara, along with his friend Alberto Granado, decided to travel across South America on a Norton 500cc motorcycle. They set off from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Part way across the trip, their faithful steed, the motorcycle they had named La Poderosa, meaning The Mighty One, broke down. The friends were forced to complete their journey using other means of transport, traveling 5000 miles across the Atacama Desert, the Andes and the Amazon River Basin.

During this time, Che Guevara came to realize the harsh lifestyle of the common people in Latin America. The living conditions of the miners, the leper colony and the plight of the once mighty Incans, descendants of the Inca Civilization, all combined to create a change in him. Born in a comparatively affluent upper middle class family, these encounters were eye-opening experiences for the twenty-three year old Guevara.

When they set off on the trip, they were two men taking a break from their studies, going in search of new experiences and adventures. In the end, the journey became a learning experience, turning this road trip story into a coming-of-age tale too.The Motorcycle Diaries chronicles the metamorphosis of a carefree young man into a convinced Marxist resolved to fight for the poor, who dreamed of creating a Latin America without borders.

About the Author

Ernesto Che Guevara was an Argentine revolutionary, physician, diplomat, and author. Diary of a Combatant: From the Sierra Maestra to Santa Clara (Cuba: 1956–58), The Great Debate on Political Economy, Marx & Engels: An Introduction, Che Guevara, Cuba, and the Road to Socialism, and Che: The Diaries of Ernesto Che Guevara are some of his other books.

Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1928. He played important roles in the revolutions in Guatemala and in Cuba. Che Guevara is now an iconic figure for all those who believe in a leftist, communist ideal. Guevara was married twice and had five children. He was executed in Bolivia in 1967, at the age of 39.

Chai, Chai: Travels in Places Where You Stop But Never Get Off

Chai, Chai: Travels in Places Where You Stop But Never Get Off describes the brilliant journey that Bishwanath Ghosh undertook all over India. This book is not just about the wonderful places but the people he meets while on his adventure.

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Biswanath Ghosh paints an amazing and mystical picture in this book, where he starts his journey from the Itarsi Station, Madhya Pradesh. Chai, Chai: Travels in Places Where You Stop But Never Get Off allows the reader to join the author-narrator while he experiences new places and faces. The beautiful sun, the rich cultural history and the people are all rendered with humor and love.

One can almost feel the narrator going through the little lanes in Kanpur and then end up in Madras. Whether one is drinking tea at a local café or sitting with numerous people in a local train, Ghosh breathes life into every moment. While speculating on life’s little moments, the author also realizes the amount of hours spent in waiting at railway junctions. The destinations are not just stations and stops for trains to drop commuters off. They represent a different life and a new adventure everyday.

There are little towns that people have never heard of which Ghosh talks extensively about such as Shoranpur, Arakkonam, Itarsi, Jhansi and Mughal Sarai. What makes this work unique is that these places are described in terms of the people encountered. Trains play an important role in bringing people from all parts of the country and all walks of life together. This is where the true story lies.

Ghosh enriches this story with various descriptions and personal insights. The book is witty, humorous and helps rediscover those areas of India which most have forgotten about due to commercial tourism. No matter how obscure a town maybe, it still holds a rich cultural history which Ghosh describes with avid details.

About The Authors

Biswanath Ghosh is an Indian journalist and writer. He is best known for his literary travelogue works which concentrate on describing the real essence of India. He wrote and published works like Tamarind City: Where Modern India Began in 2012, which provides a detailed description of Madras. He is best known for Chai, Chai: Travels in Places Where You Stop But Never Get Off. He has also written a number of short stories called Urban Shots in 2010. Born in Kanpur, Ghosh was a journalist working with The Pioneer. He is currently the deputy editor at The Hindu.

Colourful Notions : The Roadtrippers 1.0

Would you give up your high-paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometers across india? Just for fun! Three twenty somethings dare to do just that!

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While the two boys take turns to drive, the girl gives voice-over as they record their entire journey on a handy cam. Ab, Sasha and Unnati are ordinary youngsters, rendered special by the feat they accomplish. As they recount their adventures, I crave to live their journey. They look at each other with a glint in their eyes, as if refurbishing those memories while narrating their spooky time at Bhangarh Fort, strange escapades at Wagah Border and Sundarbans, car breakdowns, wild animals, near-death experiences and highway robbers! It's nothing less than crazy. I doubted if I'd ever have the gumption to create such experiences.

So I did the next best thing - I penned a book about them and their roadtrip. Colorful Notions is a journey of three young hearts on the Indian terrain and into the inner recesses of their souls, giving a new perspective to relationships, love and life.

About The Author

Mohit Goyal holds his Master's degree from Cranfield University, England. A successful entrepreneur for past 11 - years, he is currently heading an international logistics conglomerate with presence in several Asian countries. He resides in New Delhi. Been acknowledged and awarded for many of his short stories in past, he conceived this idea of 'The RoadTrippers Series' to combine his love for travel, food and philosophy.

India in Slow Motion

India in Slow Motion, by Mark Tully, brings out a great understanding of the contrasts, contradictions, tragedy, humour, and the overwhelming resilience that make India the country it is today.

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In this though-provoking account, Mark Tully brings out his passion for understanding India as a dynamic nation with all its faults and frailties. He delves into the intricate details that make this country function in spite of all the odds. He discusses subjects as diverse as bonded child labour, religious strife, political corruption, Sufi mysticism, Kashmir issue and several other funny, startling, poignant and humane faces of India. The book, perhaps, challenges all the preconceived notions of India, by refuting the "corrupt India" image, and asserts that change is indeed possible for a better and more peaceful nation.

About The Author

Mark Tully was born in Calcutta in 1935. He was associated with BBC, New Delhi, for almost three decades. His brilliant broadcasting career includes him being the frequent presenter of the BBC Radio 4 programme, Something Understood. Tully was knighted in 2002. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan award in 2005. Some of his notable works include The Heart of India, India’s Unending Journey, and No Full Stops in India. He currently lives in New Delhi.