Wanderings of a Pilgrim, in search of the Picturesque, Vol I

This mid 19th-century book by Fanny Parkes Parlby is an account that illustrates her independent travels in India. Fanny Parkes, born as Frances Susanna Archer in 1794, arrived in Calcutta from England in 1822 and eventually set out on solo explorations, sometimes on horseback or a boat, across India. She pieced together her account from… Read more »

Sandman in the Desert

Now that rockstar sci-fi novelist and Twitter darling, Neil Gaiman, has confirmed his presence at next year’s Jaipur Literature Festival, it’s time to re-read his greatest hits. Also, we recommend this oldie-but-goodie: a 2013 lecture by the author on the importance of libraries, reading and daydreaming