‘The style is observational and anecdotal, his vignettes illuminated by the assorted zany characters he meets. Anyone who has ventured alone around India, with an open mind and a sense of humour, will find resonance in Cochrane’s adventures.’
– Susan Kurosawa, travel editor, the Australian
‘Ian Cochrane took me on an evocative journey as rewarding as the real thing – more so, since no tourist in India could gain the kind of personal insight intimately portrayed within these covers.’
– Robert Hollingworth, author, Smythe’s Theory of Everything and They Called Me the Wildman
Indian Summers is about being there, in this land of two million gods; commingled with Cochrane’s nostalgic memories of 1967’s Summer of Love – gurus, tie-dye and cheesecloth-clad women with flowers in their hair; youthful bearded men in patched jeans and psychedelic headbands.
Touching down in the mixed-up metropolis of Mumbai, with its 20 million souls, the most horrendous traffic in the world and the largest slums in Asia, he discovers the gods of cricket, Bollywood and billionaires. In 13 stories, two maps and 100 photographs, you’ll untangle glimpses of India in all its idiosyncrasy, viewed through the kaleidoscope of past and present and told by an accomplished teller of tales.
1st edition p-book 2011 web price $24.95 incl P&P
2nd edition e-book 2012 e-book $14.95
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