Not everyone wants to study again and many of us consider travel a non-homework activity. I personally do believe in doing some reading before a trip. There are two kinds of books for travel: travel fiction and guidebooks. The former is just as informative in the way it opens your eyes to subtleties. An example might be what a headdress might mean?  Travel fiction written by women often covers myths or religious beliefs which are hard for us to understand. Here is our movie and reading list for India:

The Women’s Travel Group

Colors of India and the Pushkar Fair

Films and books you may find of interest

Water   is set in the 1930s and is about a widow’s ashram — directed by Deepa Mehta

Gandhi the epic story of Ghandi’s life by David Attenborough

Earth  the second in Deepa Mehta’s trilogy (Fire, Earth, Water) covering the time of partition when Punjab was ripped apart to form Pakistan

The Jewel in the Crown Masterpiece Theater’s epic TV series adapted from The Raj Quartet

Eat Pray Love Scenes of Italy, India and Bali: starring Julia Roberts

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Delightful British comedy-drama with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith

A Passage to India based on the E.M. Forester novel, set in colonial India in the 1920s

Slumdog Millionaire winner of the Academy Award for Best Pictyure

Monsoon Wedding   a wonderful romp as an upper middle class family prepares for a wedding.—direct by Mira Nair


May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons by Elisabeth Bumiller the lives of women in India

The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo Life, death and Hope set in Mumbai

Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (and the related movies by Merchant and Ivory).

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth


A Passage to India by E. M. Forster


Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie