India, A Literary Companion by Bruce Palling, which is a wonderful collection of anecdotes and reflections of India through the ages, both by Indians and foreigners. I'm reading this now, and I have ordered a couple of the references that seem good. Coming Up for Air by George Owell - Odd, sometimes humerous, but actually a melancholy account of reaching back to one's childhood when everything seemed so much better. The Evolution of a State, or, Recollections of Old Texas Days - Noah Smithwick - the man was there! Not a 'scholarly' read, but a real account of how the early settlers lived, fought and coped in pre-secession Texas.