“Travels through Gujarat, Daman, and Diu” by Adam Yamey is a personal introduction to a part of western India far less well-known than its neighbour Rajasthan.
First, a bit about the author:
Adam Yamey is the author of several books, including: Albania on my Mind, From Albania to Sicily, Exodus to Africa, Rediscovering Albania, Aliwal, City on the Hooghly, Buried in Bangalore, Bangalore Revealed, and A Boer in Bangalore.
Born in 1952 in London, son of South African parents, he attended Highgate School, and then University College London. After a doctorate in mammalian physiology, he became an undergraduate once more and qualified as a dental surgeon. After 35 years in general dental practice in Kent and London, he retired in September 2017.
Amongst his many achievements, he has been Chairman of both the Maidstone Recorded Music Club and the Medway Association of Dentists. In August 2008, he gave an Independence Day speech to pupils of a school in northern Kerala. Some years later, he gave a presentation at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore. More recently, he has been editing the newsletter of the Anglo-Albanian Association.
Adam married Lopa, from India, in 1994, and, since then, has been visiting her native land very frequently. India has become his second home. He is a keen traveller. The periods between his journeys are usefully and enjoyably employed with: family, cooking, writing, editing a newsletter, theatre, and exploring the many delights that London has to offer.
Here is the list of the contents of this profusely illustrated travel book:
The Firozpur Janta Express (‘p.’ = page. 7)
DAMAN: (p. 11) A Portuguese fort; Cutting chai; In jail
BOMBAY: (p. 28) A shortage of vultures
KUTCH MANDVI: (p. 31) Kutchi beer; Highgate in the heat; Marriage in Mandvi; Dhows
BHUJ: (p. 51) Palace of mirrors; The dairyman; Leaving Kutch
RAJKOT: (p. 65) Gandhi lived here; A famous pupil; Reserved for ladies
GONDAL and VIRPUR: (p. 80) The Buddhist caves
JUNAGADH: (p. 88) A lively bazaar; Fantastic tombs; The citadel; The Nawab’s dogs
PORBANDAR: (p. 108) City by the sea; Gandhi’s birthplace; Something fishy; A floating stone; Another bus
SOMNATH: (p. 136) The Queen’s temple; Krishna stood here
DIU: (p. 150) A border crossing; Portuguese traces; The Governor’s grandson; Towers of silence; Four bangles; A Governor’s insanity; Laxmi Park; The fire temple
BHAVNAGAR: (p. 193) A silver bracelet; A royal encounter; Constructing a cobra; Graveyard for ships
Leaving Saurashtra (p. 219)
BARODA: (p. 222) A market; Floors of glass; A deserted city; A voice from the depths; A military base
AHMEDABAD: (p. 257) Tree of Life; Lunch in a graveyard; Before the Taj Mahal; Books under a bridge; Gandhi and Le Corbusier; The heat of the day; Music at sunset
Epilogue (p. 297)
Glossary (p. 299)
Potted history of Gujarat (p. 304)
Books consulted (p. 306)
Acknowledgements (p. 308)
Index (p. 310)
The book is available from on-line stores such as:
Amazon, bookdepository.com, & lulu.com
There is also a Kindle version called:
“Travelling through Gujarat, Daman, and Diu”