The Open Road
By Pico Iyer
The iconic travel writer has been following the Dalai Lama, a friend of his father’s, for the past three decades. These interactions form the crux of this book as Iyer recounts the spiritual leader’s journeys through Tibet, India and Europe, offering glimpses of the man as well as the people he has touched. The Open Road is releasing in India in May.
Knopf, 288 pages, $24 (around Rs960)
The Secret Garden: Oxford Revisited
By Justin Cartwright
The author returns to his old college at Oxford for this beautiful pocket-size travelogue, the newest addition to Bloomsbury’s ‘Writer and the City’ series (earlier books include David Leavitt on Florence, Edmund White on Paris and Peter Carey on Sydney).
Bloomsbury, 223 pages, $9.99
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star
By Paul Theroux
The American travel writer revisits Eastern Europe, Central Asia, India, China, Japan and Siberia, 30 years after he first visited them for The Great Railway Bazaar. Making like a local, Theroux potters around the cities in crowded buses, trains, and on foot, taking notes with his characteristic curiosity and incisiveness. The books releases in UK this September.
Houghton Mifflin, 464 pages, $34.99
A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel
By Anne Griffiths Belt
The first women to be hired as a photographer at the National Geographic Society, Anne Griffiths Belt has spent the past three decades documenting remote destinations the world over. In this collection of photographs, we get glimpses into her peripatetic life—as a mother travelling with her children and equipment, and as a chronicler of many far-flung destinations.
National Geographic Society, 224 pages, $35
God’s Middle Finger
By Richard Grant
British journalist Richard Grant (author of American Nomads) throws himself headlong into the complex heart of Sierra Madre, a region in Mexico known for its drug trading and crime rate. A gripping travelogue-meets-reportage, the book offers a fascinating look at the people, history and life of this volatile region.
Free Press,290 pages, $15
A Blue Hand: The Beats in India
By Deborah Baker
Acclaimed biographer and travel writer Deborah Baker recreates the Indian odyssey of American Beat poets Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Joanne Kyger. Baker’s research, based on journeys to the places these poets travelled to—the Himalayan foothills, Kolkata and Delhi —and letters and journals, promises to be a page-turner. It is expected to hit Indian bookstores in June.
Penguin, 256 pages, $25.95
Apples Are From Kazakhstan
By Christopher Robbins
Christopher Robbins’ travelogue helps dispel stereotypes of Kazakhstan, a country as large as Western Europe, by chronicling its modern cities as well as its sprawling natural beauty. Eagle-hunting nomads, and the Kazakh “John Lennon” are just a few of the intriguing characters he meets on his way. The book releases in the US on 21 April.
Atlas and Co., 304 pages, $24
Limping to the Centre of the World
By Timeri N. Murari
Himalayan odysseys are as old as India and China, but they can never make for boring travelogues. The Chennai-based author trekked to the 5,500ft high Dolma La Pass and crossed over to Tibet, in freezing conditions and with a limp because of his damaged knee. This book is an account of this life-altering journey.
Penguin India,296 pages, Rs350