Yesterday was a good day – the friendly postman dropped on my doorstep a very used but quite fine copy of Gordon Johnson’s Cultural Atlas of India, a 1996 book that will be indispensable for my work on the GreyWorld Project and that, from a cursory browsing as soon as I pulled it out of its package, is also a fine read.
Basically, Johnson’s book follows the twin tracks of India’s cultural unity and diversity while tracing a history of the sub-continent. It is a wonderful resource for my work: the volume is very thorough, with a lot of box-outs for special interest features, full of gorgeous pictures and a wealth of maps.
It will make for a fascinating read in the next few nights1. Continue reading