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Book recommendations (without Himalaya region)

"Kumbh Mela - Das größte Fest der Welt" by Ilija Trojanow

Ilija Trojanov experienced the Kumbh Mela in India, the largest pilgrimage in the world, to which about 15 million Hindus come.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch. The pictures in the book are gorgeous. So why not buy in German?

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"Der Sadhu an der Teufelswand" by Ilija Trojanow

Ilija Trojanov lived in India and gives an account of Indian life with this book. He writes about the camel market in Pushkar, about the Nationalsport cricket and much more.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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"Along the Ganges" by Ilija Trojanow

Ilija Trojanov travels along the Ganges from the source in the Himalayas to the mouth near Calcutta and describes his impressions and the lives of the Indians.

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"Gebrauchsanweisung für Indien" by Ilija Trojanow

Ilija Trojanov lived in India. In addition to the books mentioned above he also wrote for the series "Gebrauchsanweisung". This is an easy-to-read expedition through Indian life.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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"Mira and The Mahatma" by Sudhir Kakar

A very interesting biography about Madeleine Slades. The young woman from a good British house falls in love with Gandhi. Before she went to India she had removed the bed from her room and had slept on the floor to get used to the conditions in India. Later in India she lived and worked in the Ashram of Gandhi.

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"The amazing story of the man who cycled from India to Europe for love" by Per J. Andersson

An exciting book about Pikay, who could attend the school and got a scholarship for an art school in Delhi. When the cash payments stopped, he were homeless and began to draw portraits for some money. One day Lotta wanted a portrait and he fall in love to her.

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"Göttinnen und Frauenrechte - Indiens Töchter" by Brigitte Voykowitsch

This is an older book (edited in 2000) about strong women with ongoing issues such as the oppression, abuse and illegitimacy of Indian women, as well as about old traditions such as dowry that can develop into significant payments today, and still occasional widow burning (Sati).
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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Book recommendations (Himalaya region)

"Indian Tibet - Tibetan India" by Peter van Ham

Fantastic pictures from the north-west of India. Tibetans live in the beautiful high mountain valleys in Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh, where Buddhist monasteries breathtakingly built on the mountains.

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"Himalaya. Menschen und Mythen" compiled by Alice Grünfelder

Alice Grünfelder has compiled stories from twenty authors from the Himalayan countries. They tell about spirituality, everyday life and life in remote mountain regions, political upheavals and religious myths.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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"Auf Buddhas Pfaden" by Peter van Ham

Peter van Ham reports very informative and entertaining about his journey in 1993 from Shimla through Kinnaur, Spiti, Lahaul, Rupshu to Leh. The regions Kinnaur and Spiti were opened for foreigners shortly before his departure.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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"Ladakh - Götter und Menschen hinter dem Himalaya" by Heinrich Harrer

This is a informative small book about the people, the monasteries, the manners and traditions in Ladakh. The information were collected by the author during his travels from Srinagar to Leh and into the Zanskar valley.
As far as I know the book is not available in Englisch.

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"Battlefields & Paradise" by Sabir Hussain

A detailed, informative and entertaining description of a road trip by motorbike over 3,200 km from Delhi via Srinagar to Turtuk and back. Turtuk is located in the north of Ladakh on the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. Until 1971 it was under Pakistani control and now it belongs to India.

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Movie recommendations (without Himalaya region)

"Gandhi"

A very impressive film about Mahatma Gandhi, who is superb played by Ben Kingsley. The film shows the live from Gandhi, from the lawyer in South Africa to the leader of the Indian Independence movement.

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"The Far Pavilions"

The book frightened me because of its 1000 pages. The film is also not short and has oblique obsolete dialogues. The story takes place in the 19th century in India, ruled by the colonial power of England. The film shows: arrogant Englishmen, a war in the north-west of India, old Indian traditions, widow's burning (Sati) etc..

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"The Lunchbox"

In India the Dabbawallas bring the lunch from the wives to their husbands in their offices. The system of delivery is highly professional and actually never a food is delivered wrong, but then it happens. A lovingly cooked lunch of a neglected wife should redirect the attention of her husband to her, but the lunch lands on the table of another man.

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"Slumdog Millionaire"

In the TV show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" a boy, who grew up in the slums of Mumbai, has to answer only the last question. He could answer all previous questions by his experiences in the slums. He is not believed and is suspected of fraud.

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"Outsourced"

A call center manager is moved from Canada to India, where he experiences a cultural shock after his arrival.

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"Monsoon Wedding"

Members of a wealthy Punjabi family travel from around the world to New Delhi for celebrating a short-term wedding. Many things are not going as planned during the preparations. The money from father of the bride is getting scarce. The organizer of the wedding falls in love with the house maid. Everything sounds quite nice until then, but the idea of a former abuse ends up in the certainty.

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"Dhobi Ghat"

The movie shows four Indians in Mumbai, which are connected in different ways: a rich photographer who lives in New York, an artist who got rich with his art, a launderer who works hard since his childhood, and a housewife who once came full of hope in the city.

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"Lion"

The incredible story of Saroo. As a five-year-old, he entered a train for searching his brother. The train left the station and stoped first hundreds of kilometers later. Saroo did not found the way bank home. Happily he was adopted by an Australian family. 25 years later, he is looking for his mother and brother with modern media.

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"3 Idiots"

Hari, Farhan, and intelligent Rancho were always the best mates at the engineering school, but after the end of study the paths suddenly parted. Ten years later Hari and Farhan look for their friend. The film ends up in Ladakh. For many Indians the only 10 minutes of Ladakh is the reason to visit Ladakh. Since then, Ladakh has been booming as a tourist region for Indians.

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Movie recommendations (Himalaya region)

"The Broken Moon"

The documentary shows the beautiful scenery of Ladakh and the lives of the nomads, who are finding less and less water for their animals due to climate change. The nomads feel that the climate change will also affect their lives. They have to act. The elderly want to retain the traditional way of life, but they understand that this is becoming increasingly difficult. The young generation want to move into the cities.

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"The Cup"

The monks in a Buddhist monastery at the foot of the Himalaya in India discover the football and try everything to see the games of the World Cup in France in 1998.

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