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Books, movies and music. There’s no better way to understand the culture, people and history of the countries you visit. Rashmi Deshpande gives you a list of what to read, see and watch before you travel.

Read Part II of Books, Movies, Music

1. Before You Travel To Australia

Read these books about Australia

‘The Songlines’ by Bruce Chatwin

‘Down Under’ by Bill Bryson

‘Carpentaria’ by Alexis Wright

Watch these films on Australia

The Castle (1997)

Gallipoli (1981)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

Listen to the music of Australia

‘Down Under’ by Men At Work

‘Pub With No Beer’ by Slim Dusty

‘True Blue’ by John Williamson

‘Beds Are Burning’ by Midnight Oil

‘Great Southern Land’ by Icehouse

2. Before You Travel To China

Read these books about China

The Good Earth’ by Pearl S Buck

‘Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man’s Attempt to Understand the World’s Most Mystifying Nation or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid’ by J. Maarten Troost

‘Big Breasts and Wide Hips’ by Mo Yan

Watch these films on China

Zhang Yimou’s ‘Raise The Red Lantern’ (1991)

‘Farewell my concubine’ (1993)

‘Mountain Patrol’ (2004)

‘Shanghai Triad’ (1995)

Listen to the music of China

Anything by the Chinese National Orchestra, Cui Jian and Anita Mui.

3. Before You Travel To South Africa

Read these books about South Africa

Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, ‘Long Walk to Freedom’

‘Cry the Beloved Country’ by Alan Paton

‘The Covenant’ by James A. Michener

‘Tsotsi’ by Athol Fugard

‘Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story’ by Beverly Naidoo.

Watch these films on South Africa

‘Cry Freedom’ (1987) by Richard Attenborough

‘Invictus’ (2009)

‘Blood Diamond’ (2006)

Zulu (1964)

‘Red Dust’ (2004)

Listen to the music of South Africa

The South African national anthem, which is in four different languages and anything by Hugh Masekela, Mama Africa (Miriam Makeba) and Abdullah Ibrahim.

4. Before You Travel To  Switzerland

Read these books about Switzerland

Johanna Spyri’s ‘Heidi’, a classic children’s story

‘The Magic Mountain’ by Thomas Mann

‘Barry: The Bravest Saint Bernard’ by Lynn Hall

‘Swiss Watching’ by Diccon Bewes

‘Astrix in Switzerland’

Watch these films on Switzerland

Krzysztof Kieslowski’s ‘Three Colours: Red’(1994) and ‘The Eiger Sanction’ (1975)

Listen to the music of Switzerland

The yodelling of Appenzeller Echo, a traditional Swiss group and any kind of Ländlermusik, the traditional, rural dance music of Switzerland.

5. Before You Travel To Singapore

Read these books about Singapore

‘Fistful of Colours’ by Suchen Christine Lim

‘River of Smoke’ by Amitav Ghosh

‘From Third World to First: The Singapore Story’ by Lee Kuan Yew

‘King Rat’ by James Clavell

Watch these films on Singapore

‘Mee Pok Man’ (1996) by Eric Khoo

‘I Not Stupid’ (2002)

‘That’s the Way I Like It’ (1998)

‘Saint Jack’ (1979)

Listen to the music of Singapore

Chinese Opera

‘My Story, Your Song’ by Sun Yan Zi

‘All Because of You’ by Taufik Batisah

‘Release’ an album by A-Do

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Rashmi

If ever there was a career that involved the study of sleeping cats, Rashmi Deshpande would probably be in it. But for now, she is in an industry she loves--the travel industry. Rashmi has worked with Femina as an Assistant Manager, and freelanced for several online and offline publications such as Lonely Planet India magazine and Nat Geo Traveller India. She currently works as the online content manager with Cox & Kings.

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