William Dalrymple, I believe, would especially be suited to the following projects:
- A book which examined the silk supply chain in Roman times, during the reign of Genghis Khan, and today. So you compare the trade route through the Red and Mediterranean seas, on the overland Silk Route through Afghanistan and the Gobi desert, and as it exists today – from some factory in China, onto a container through Singapore, and then on to Varanasi or Italy. History plus travelogue. It would be awesome.
- Travel and history book again, this time as a tour through the ld Indian/ Hindu circles of influence in Indochina and South East Asia. A book to examine the spread of Hinduism through Malaysia and Kampuchea and Thailand, and ask why it flopped over there but continued to go so strong in India.
Anyhow, for the next week I have only Seeds of Change and Parthibendran’s Dream to finish. After that, I’ve got to head to Blossoms and pick myself up some Theroux.