Robert Turner

Robert Turner

Robert Turner

Kishkinda – Adventures in The East
(Reverb)

In June 1991 Robert Turner arrived at the ruined South Indian city of Vijayanagar, which lies in a bend of the Pampa river known as Kishkinda, the mythical Kingdom of the Monkeys and Bears from the epic love story of the Ramayana. His visa had expired, he had very little money and good reason not return to the UK. He ended up staying for four years.

Robert has superbly documented the landscape, history, myths and people he encountered there, from the local Raja and a mad sadhu to a vengeful hunchback and a capable country harlot. Interspersed with the tales of Kishkinda is the astonishing story of how Bob came to be in India in the first place after a colonial childhood that led to a youth detention centre, a three-year sentence in a Lebanese jail and many other adventures besides, across Britain, Pakistan, China and elsewhere.

Intriguing, compelling, surprising – you will not read another travel autobiography like it. In Robert’s own words: To err is human – and to get away with it is fun!