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Monday, April 03, 2006

guidebook #1 (not to be confused with Hero, Bibi, or any other assorted nouns #1)

Went out and purchased the Eyewitness Travel Guide for India.

It seemed heavier than the other one the bookstore had, but I was enchanted with all the shiny pictures and simply had to have it. I also got a "teach yourself Hindi" beginner set, with book and two CDs. Here goes!

5 Comments:

At 12:35 AM, Blogger Accidental Fame Junkie said...

My first time at your new india-trip blog. This is so cool! Please tell me when your going to be in Chennai and we WILL meet.

Aren't you getting those lonely planet guides? I thought they are supposed to be the best.

 
At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth, congratulations!!

Bitterlemons (From Bollywhat)

 
At 4:16 PM, Blogger Beth said...

AFJ - Can't wait to meet you! I did look at the Lonely Planet one, but it was sorely lacking in beautiful pictures. I'm sure I'll end up with more than one guidebook. I think the Eyewitness ones focus more on the things I'm more interested in (architecture, museums, history) - there is a lot in some of the Lonely Planet ones about camping and outdoorsy things that I never do.

Bitterlemons - Hi! Thanks so much!

 
At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I *love* the Eyewitness series. I have one for London, Boston, and Chicago. They've proven very helpful and *yes* love the shiny pictures as well! :)

 
At 9:59 AM, Blogger Keith said...

Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, and sometimes Footprint are all much better for the nuts and bolts of a country (though their customs info is often inaccurate -- probably doubly so for a country like India, which has seven billion different cultures and associated customs all living under the same roof), and I think all three of those also have sections on living and working in the country.

My main problem with Lonely Planet is that it's the size and weight of a brick. I usually end up tearing out chunks of it rather than carry around the whole thing.

And of course, you can never go wrong with Robert Young Pelton's "The World's Most Dangerous Places." It'll make you feel tough.

Although not guide books per se, you should grab William Dalrymple's "City of Djinns" and "Age of Kali," both very compelling, often funny travelogues from a self-depricating Brit.

 

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