;Sparkling with irrepressible wit, City of Djinns peels back the layers of Delhi's centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters along the way-from eunuchs to descendants of great Moguls. With refreshingly open-minded curiosity, William Dalrymple explores the seven "dead" cities of Delhi as well as the eighth city-'today's Delhi. Underlying his quest is the legend of the djinns, fire-formed spirits that are said to assure the city's Phoenix-like regeneration no matter how many times it is destroyed. Entertaining, fascinating, and informative, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure.
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"In a nutshell, the Titanic Awards are the Darwin Awards for travel- only nobody dies." -Los Angeles
Everyone who's ever checked (and lost) their luggage or discovered that their hotel
misplaced their reservation knows there are few perfect vacations. The Titanic Awards takes a different
approach to these often spectacular travel underachievements: celebrating them.
From worst airport layout
to most confusing subway system to the most overrated tourist attraction, Lansky looks at these flawed travel
destinations with a gimlet eye and a sense of the absurd.
The astonishing adventure classic about life in Tibet just before the Chinese Communist takeover is now repackaged for a new generation of readers.
In this vivid memoir that has sold millions of copies worldwide, Heinrich Harrer recounts his adventures as one of the first Europeans ever to enter Tibet and encounter the Dalai Lama.