Reading is an excellent way to get an insight into the country you're travelling to. Here are our recommendations for the five best books to read before travelling to India
MAGIC AND MYSTERY IN TIBET
Alexandra David-Neel, pocket book
With all the lightness of a storyteller, this seasoned traveller invites you to question the most serious topics of life, death and the sacred.
Herman Hesse, pocket book
This is a novel about Siddartha's discovery of Buddha. Herman Hesse traces a path of personal emancipation, bridges cultures, and seeks a point of convergence between humans while condemning the materialistic world and praising the life of meditation.
THE CITY OF JOY
Dominique Lapierre, R. Laffont
Dominique Lapierre spent two years chronicling Calcutta from its slums. It's a bestseller that opened many Westerners' eyes to a reality they had no idea about.
DICTIONARY OF INDIA
Christophe Jaffrelot, Denis Matringue, Catherine Clementin-Ojha, Jacques Pouchepadass, Larousse
A comprehensive dictionary to understand the world's second most populous country, addressing all social, economic and religious issues.
EATING WOMEN, TELLING TALES
Bulbul Sharma, Picquier, pocket book
A group of women are preparing a meal to honour a man who's passed away. Between cutting vegetables and cooking rice, they tell each other their family stories, from arranged marriages to the tragedy of having no children. It tells us a story about the whole of India.
Cover photo : Marion Osmont