July 30, 2014

Time travel via outdated travel guides

While some may celebrate the current state of travel — with the nets and webs and the convenience of maps on mobile telephones, I miss the days when the world was young - when closer to the equator, we were told to avoid taking photos in the noon lest we overexpose the camera films — the days when you wrote postcards in Herat, and send a telegram when you needed something urgent ( Smoke filled planes were perhaps the big annoyance those days).

Rangoon and Calcutta were the favorite cities for book hunters — home to large used books stores where the owners seem to know where exactly a particular book is. Now those cities have changed their names and they would rather sell pirated DVDs. Here is one of last remaining joint for book lovers in Asia — Junk bookstore in Kuala Lumpur.

Junk Books

Two floors of treasure for us to dig in.

Junk Books

The owners seem to know the books and often they will be able to tell you where the books on a particular topic are.

Junk Books

My find this time round is a travel guide from 1974 — almost as old as me.

Junk Books

The days when you could bus from Iran to Afghanistan, on to Pakistan, across India and to Nepal. And you had to buy a pass for alcohol consumption for India. And back when Cholon was the budget accommodation hub of Saigon, not the evil Phạm Ngũ Lão.

Junk Books

And when our Djakarta was so compact.

Junk Books

Here is the address. Do Google and check if they are still around.

Junk Books


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