for Book of the Year (Fiction), ForeWord Magazine
"We delayed too long in reviewing this book. When we finally
cracked the pages we had a treat in store. It is an order of magnitude
better than most of the fiction we see for review.
"India Treasures has all the essentials, characterization,
plot, locale, and first rank writing.
"Worthington creates an authentic ambience of time and place
in India ancient and modern. He offers us a cast of believable flesh and
blood characters who face realistic problems. He sets his scenes with
authority and a grasp of detail. In short he has put together a very
good book that is exciting even to our jaded taste."
"An utterly absorbing historical"
Worthington's India Treasures: An Epic Novel of Rajasthan and Northern
India through the Ages is an engaging and entertaining sequence of eight
dynamic novellas about Rajasthan and Northern India across the length of
human history, all connected by a modern-day treasure hunt.
Incorporating crucial events of Indian history seamlessly into the
story, India Treasures brings the reader before the wisdom of the
Buddha, the canvas of a medieval artist, the throne of the Sultan of
Delhi, and many more wondrous places. An utterly absorbing historical.
Also highly recommended is the sequel, India Fortunes."
— The Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review
"A rich and informative portal into past and
present India. Gary Worthington is a delightful storyteller."
—Traveler's India Magazine
"This book is spellbinding and thought-provoking
"Worthington has wonderfully captured the
mystique and adventure-soaked atmosphere of Rajasthan, with its golden
forts and the awe-inspiring desert.
"This is a fine book, whose carefully
constructed story-line and obviously minutely-researched details make it
a delight to read."
Statesman, New Delhi, India
"Gary Worthington has
produced a historical fiction of epic proportions. The author has
produced an immensely readable book and one finds its various stories
interesting. He captures the atmosphere of the different historical
periods and gives an accurate account of historical events."
—The Tribune, Chandigarh, India
"A treasure trove. I gained such a pleasure when I opened The
Mangarh Chronicles. It has been a rapid travel all over India in a time
capsule. Worthington has planned his chronicles very well, and he must
—The Sunday Herald,
"You've got a winner there. We'll be sure to order it for our
shelves (and we'll nominate it for Book Sense, too!)."
— Buchmeister Books, Chatham, NJ
"I'm recommending it to our customers, and I am going to send a
recommendation for the Book Sense 76 list."
— Watermark@Tiburon Books, Tiburon, CA
"An ornate and compelling collection of jeweled
novellas pulling the reader through Indian history. Exquisite characters hit
all the high notes without becoming heavyhanded. Bravo!"
—Susann Cokal, author, Mirabilis
"I am truly impressed. The book is enticing, informative,
gripping, descriptive without bogging down, fluid, and very stimulating. I
will recommend it to everyone traveling to India."
—Stephen P. Huyler, author, Meeting God: Elements of Hindu
Devotion, and co-curator, "Puja: Expressions of Hindu
Devotion," at the Smithsonian Institution Sackler Gallery
"Wow! A wonderfully written epic about the history and cultures
of India. Indian history comes alive. I enjoyed the book immensely!"
—Frederick Su, author, An
Amazon.com Customer Reviews:
"I am from India and a voracious reader of all types of
books...Mr. Worthington has exceeded even Indian authors on the accuracy
"That feeling of 'don't let it end' keeps one reading
and reading until, sadly, it does end (but never fear, there is a promised
sequel!). The characters and stories will stay with you for a long, long,
time. The understanding of India will, perhaps, stay with you longer.
"I hope more readers discover this gem.
— Nagplot, Manassas, VA
"This easy to read book kept me riveted to my chair. An
enchanting story that takes you on a magical journey through India's
— Mary L. Bird, Somerset, MA
"A splendid job of embracing a momentous topic. I highly
recommend this book to even a novice reader of books on India. It kept
my interest from the Get-Go!"
— Catherine C. Bennett, Kansas City
"Reading India Treasures was almost like reliving my
first visit to India in the late 1980's. Gary Worthington truly captured
the heart and spirit of Rajasthan--the golden cast of the massive forts,
the smell of the desert, the rich and wonderful culture, and the
evidence of a wonderfully intricate history around every corner."
— Reader from Paradise, CA
"India Treasures gave me what I want from a historical novel -
authenticity. I felt convinced the author deeply understood the multicultural
history of India and how it has shaped India's complex social fabric
"A series of short novelettes set in various times from thousand of
years ago to the 20th century were interspersed throughout the main story.
They served to break up a long book into manageable chunks well suited for my
"They helped me understand the reasons for modern India's religious
diversity and struggle to discard the caste system.
"Gary Worthington tells his stories from the eyes of different
persons - young, old, privileged, and those locked in the darkness of the
— Johnny Douglass, Olympia, WA
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