A Personal History of South India
Coromandel is what Europeans once called south-east India. In this fusion of history and travelogue, the bestselling author of Ashoka explores the region south of the river Narmada, meeting historians, gurus and local people, to unlock the mysteries of its extraordinary past.
The Buddha and Dr Führer
An Archaeological Scandal
When a casket was excavated near the India-Nepal border in 1898, archaeologist Dr Führer helped confirm that its inscription declared it to contain the Buddha’s ashes. This account of the discovery focuses on the ensuing scandal, in which a local British magistrate accused Führer of selling bogus relics from the site. Off-mint.
The Prisoner of Kathmandu
Brian Hodgson in Nepal 1820–43
Posted to Kathmandu as a junior officer, Brian Hodgson found himself in a delicate position as relations between Britain and Nepal became hostile. This biography tells how he learned the Nepalese language, studied Buddhism and natural history, and helped to negotiate peace with the mountain kingdom.