By Tom Stienstra, Ann Marie Brown

Professional outdoor authors Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown be aware of the easiest climbing trails within the Golden nation, from breathtaking coastal walks north of la to tough backcountry treks within the Sierra Nevadas. together with 21 new hikes and designated "best-of" lists—including most sensible Hikes to Waterfalls and most sensible Hikes to work out Wildlife—Moon California Hiking leads newbie and professional hikers alike to the simplest trails the country has to supply. entire with precise nearby maps, mountaineering assistance, trouble and caliber scores for every hike, Moon California Hiking offers hikers with all of the helpful instruments to move outdoor.

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A Princess Remembers by Gayatri Devi and Santha Rama Rau is the captivating memoir of the former maharani of Jaipur, the glamorous Gayatri Devi, born in 1919. The Proudest Day – India’s Long Road to Independence by Anthony Read and David Fisher is an engaging account of India’s pre-Independence period. THE RAJPUTS & THE MARATHAS Throughout the Mughal period, there remained strong Hindu powers, most notably the Rajputs. Centred in Rajasthan, the Rajputs were a proud warrior caste with a passionate belief in the dictates of chivalry, both in battle and in state affairs.

After the massacre of unarmed protesters in Amritsar (p48), a deeply shocked Gandhi immediately called off the movement. By 1920 Gandhi was a key figure in the Indian National Congress, and he coordinated a national campaign of noncooperation or satyagraha (passive resistance) to British rule, with the effect of raising nationalist feeling while earning the lasting enmity of the British. In early 1930, Gandhi captured the imagination of the country, and the world, when he led a march of several thousand followers from Ahmedabad to Dandi on the coast of Gujarat.

Having been granted a licence to trade in Bengal by the Mughals, and following the establishment of a new trading post at Calcutta (Kolkata) in 1690, business began to expand rapidly. Under the apprehensive gaze of the nawab (local ruler), British trading activities became extensive and the ‘factories’ took on an increasingly permanent (and fortified) appearance. Eventually the nawab decided that British power had grown far enough. In June 1756 he attacked Calcutta and, having taken the city, locked his British prisoners in a tiny cell.

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