India Nonfiction

Richard Attenborough, In Search of Gandhi, 1982

Peter Colaco, Bangalore – A Century of Tales from City and Cantonment, 2003

*William Dalrymple, City Of Djinns: A Year In Delhi, 1993
–– The Age of Kali: Travels and Encounters in India, 1998
*–– Nine Lives: In Search Of The Sacred In Modern India, 2009

Mahatma Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth, 1925

E. Stanley Jones, Gandhi: Portrayal of a Friend, 1983

*John Keay, India: A History, 2000

Dominique Lapierre, The City of Joy, 1985

*Edward Luce, In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India, 2006

*Sarah Macdonald, Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure, 2002

*Gita Mehta, Karma Cola: Marketing the Mystic East, 1979
–– Snakes and Ladders: Glimpses of Modern India, 1997

Barbara D. Metcalf, A Concise History of Modern India, 2001

*Sam Miller, Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity, 2010

V.S. Naipaul, An Area of Darkness, 1964
–– India: A Wounded Civilization, 1976
*–– India: A Million Mutinies Now, 1990

Eric Newby, Slowly Down the Ganges, 1966

*James O’Reilly and Larry Habegger, Travelers’ Tales Guides India, 1995

Michael Palin, Himalaya, 2004

Devdutt Pattanaik, 7 Secrets From Hindu Calendar Art, 2011

*Katherine Russell Rich, Dreaming in Hindi: Life in Translation, 2009

*Amartya Sen, The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity, 2005

Khushwant Singh, India: An Introduction, 1990

Malvika Singh, Chennai: A City of Change, 2012
–– Delhi: The First City, 2012
–– Hyderabad: A City of Hope, 2012
–– Lucknow: A City between Cultures, 2012

Sinharaja Tammita-Delgoda, Traveller’s History Of India, 1995

Shashi Tharoor, India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond, 1997
*–– The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India – the Emerging 21st-Century Power, 2007

Mark Tully, The Heart of India, 1997

Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World, 1897

*Simon Weightman, Traveller’s Literary Companion: Indian Subcontinent, 1995

* = especially memorable and recommendable

See my review of The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi


Sketches of Travel in the East