Panther Publishing 

India The Shimmering Dream

Panther Publishing

India The Shimmering Dream

Now Out of Print 

India: The Shimmering Dream

The first overland journey to India by motorcycle in 1933


"A pacy read...entertaining reading" The Sunday Telegraph review 

A truly great travel adventure through Iraq, Iran and Baluchistan to India in 1933. But what really sets this book apart are the wonderful descriptions of the people and cultures, now nearly forgotten, but still hugely relevant in today’s age: all brought evocatively to life by the wonderful photos from 1933. At that time, the idea of traveling to India on a motorbike through the deserts was considered impossible; there were no roads and they were attempting to cross the burning deserts in the middle of August, on a tiny two-stroke motorcycle with barely enough power for the bike and rider, let alone a pillion passenger! Gripping stuff, yet perceptive and full of drama – definitely a must for all travel and motorcycle enthusiasts. Adventure riding at its best and one of the greatest ever motorcycle adventure books.

Puncture! from India The Shiommering Dream

  Adventure riding - India the Shimmering Dream

Mending a puncture                                      Dressing for the sunMeting the people, from india The Shimmering Dream

Sand Fly fever from India The Shimmering DreamSand Fly fever and hallucinations

 Meeting the people

Max Reisch was a 20 year old student at Vienna when he set out on this epic journey to India together with Herbert Tichy. After Graduating he became a hugely successful explorer and travel writer, but this book about his motorcycle expedition to Asia is arguably his best. First published in German in the late 1940s, and now translated by Alison Falls, herself no stranger to motorcycles, it has been brought to life in the English language for an international audience.

Youthful Optimism
Where does Asia begin? 
Annoyances in Anatolia 
Joy and Woe in Paradise
Baghdad - In the Footsteps of Haroun al Rashid
Caution in Karbala
The First Great Crisis
The Paris of the East
Desert Fever and a Missionary
Our Life in the Desert
Letters from Home
The Salt desert of Dasht-E-Lut
The Oasis of Water Thieves
The Second Great Crisis
Latif Hamid and the Dynamo
The Map of India
How We Lost Face in the Golden Temple
Grass Fires and a Guilty Conscience
Vaikunth - Heaven on Earth
Crossing India; the Wish List
What Happened Next

If you enjoyed The Rugged Road by Theresa Wallach you will absolutely love this book!

India The Shimmering Dream by Max Reisch. 216 pages, 90 period photos and maps. Softback, ISBN 978-0-9556595-9-1 Price £12.95  includes UK p&p, Europe add £3.00, Rest of World add £8.00 for p&p

E-Book now available through most e-book retailers. For a list please see our E-Book page. ISBN 9781909213043 (Kindle) 9781909213036 (EPub) Recommended price £9.00 plus VAT. E-Books are only available through specilist retailers and not directly from Panther Publishing.

USA flag US Orders to
7164 County Road N
Suite 441
WI 54921, USA
Tel: 715 572 4595

Australia flagAustralian Orders to Pitstop Bookshop
187 St Georges Terrace
Western Australia 6000
Tel: (+61) 089322 5544 or 1800 622 422 freecall within Australia
Panther Publishing Ltd, 10 Lime Avenue, High Wycombe, Bucks., HP11 1DP, UK - Phone +44 (0)1494 534778 -
© Copyright 1998-2008 : Panther Publishing Privacy Policy