Suggested Reading List
An Autobiography, Or the Story of My Experiments with Truth
Author: Mohandas K. Gandhi
Description: There is no substitute for reading Gandhi in his own simple, direct prose. A highly recommended glimpse into the personality and life of this remarkable figure.
Culture Smart! Oman
Author: Simone Nowell
Description: This handy introduction to local attitudes, beliefs and culture includes tips for travelers.
Culture Smart! Sri Lanka
Author: Emma Boyle
Description: A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
Death on the Nile
Author: Agatha Christie
Description: How could we resist? Christie wrote Egypt's most famous murder mystery on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan.
Egypt, A Short History
Author: Robert L. Tignor
Description: Princeton historian Tignor distills five decades of study and travel for this vivid account of the sweep and tumult of Egyptian history from the settlement of the Nile to the present.
Goa, and the Blue Mountains or Six Months of Sick Leave
Author: Richard Burton
Description: A facsimile edition of Burton's first book, an account of travels in Goa, the Nilgiri mountains and cities along the Malabar coast of southwestern India, first published in 1851.
In Spite of the Gods, The Strange Rise of Modern India
Author: Edward Luce
Description: Luce tackles the challenges and reality of the world's largest democracy with insight and balance in this portrait of a nation in transition.
Author: Stanley Wolpert
Description: Reflections on India - its religion and philosophy, its art, culture and politics - by the dean of the country’s American historians: beautifully written and provocative as well as evocative.
India South Map
Description: A double-sided colorful regional map of India south of Mumbai, including Sri Lanka and the Andaman and Nicobar islands, at a scale of 1:1,500,000. With maps of Goa, Hyderabad, Bangalore (Bengaluru), Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram.
India, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Chandrahas Choudhury (Editor)
Description: Each of these 14 stories evokes place and landscape, providing an excellent introduction both to contemporary writers and to India's diverse cultures and history.
Islam, A Short History
Author: Karen Armstrong
Description: Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam from the birth of Muhammad to present-day challenges. The best short introduction to the subject.
Lonely Planet Jordan
Author: Jenny Walker
Description: A practical guide in the popular series, featuring 54 maps, tips and much sightseeing information.
Lonely Planet South India & Kerala
Author: Lonely Planet, Lonely Planet Publications
Description: Featuring maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and information on accommodations, excursions and sightseeing.
Luxor Illustrated, With Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Nile
Author: Michael Haag
Description: The ideal companion to a Nile cruise, Haag introduces all the famous monuments and temples of Upper Egypt from Luxor, Karnak, Valley of the Kings and the tomb of Tutankhamun to the marvels of Aswan and Abu Simbel in full color.
Married to a Bedouin
Author: Marguerite van Geldermalsen
Description: "Where you staying?" the Bedouin asked. "Why you not stay with me tonight -- in my cave?" Thus begins the fascinating odyssey of a young nurse from New Zealand who would marry and raise her family among the community of 100 Bedouin families living in the ancient city of Petra.
Author: Salman Rushdie
Description: Crowned Best of the Booker in 2008, Rushdie's greatest novel is a madcap, comic take on the birth of modern India in all its splendid and unexpected manifestations.
Northeast Africa and Arabia Map
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A folded map of the Northeast region of the continent at a scale of 1:4,000,000.
Surrender or Starve: Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea
Author: Robert D. Kaplan
Description: Robert Kaplan, the prolific journalist and author of Balkan Ghosts, travelled through Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea for this illuminating travelogue examining the culture, religion, and politics of the region.
The Complete Valley of the Kings
Author: Nicholas Reeves, Richard Wilkinson
Description: A thorough and intriguing look at the burial place of the New Kingdom pharaohs, this book brings together the art, architecture and history of the valley; contains profiles of archaeologists, diagrams and detailed site descriptions.
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt
Author: Bill Manley
Description: Ingenious color maps, site plans, photographs and accompanying essays trace Egyptian civilization from the founding of Memphis through the sacking of Thebes and the invasion by Alexander the Great in 332 BC in this authoritative, remarkably concise history.
The Search for Ancient Egypt
Author: Jean Vercoutter
Description: This pocket encyclopedia, packed with illustrations, tells the tale of Greek travelers, buried treasure, international intrigue and scholarship as it delves into the world's long-standing fascination with Egypt's glorious heritage.
What the Buddha Taught
Author: Walpola Sri Rahula
Description: A classic account of Theravada Buddhism by a respected monk and scholar from Sri Lanka. Provides translations from original texts with explanations for Western readers. A good foundation for any visitor to Southeast Asia.