Book Cover
Spicestory
Paper Type: Art Paper (Matt) | Size: 229 x 229mm
All colour; 255 photographs and 1 map

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They are our secret ambassadors. For many millennia they have carried the message of our land throughout the world. These skilled ambassadors have worked their magic in subtle, undercover, ways winning friends and influencing people when they are most open to suggestion, through their most essential of enjoyments. Historically, mankind called on them to celebrate victories, enhance their myriad faiths in raptures of holy smoke, even to enter the bridal chamber and bring fragrance and flavours to the start of a life-long relationship. But these secret ambassadors have not always been gentle and humane. When the need arose to act with decisiveness, they stepped in and tilted the balance. More than the legendary beauty of Helen of Troy, they launched a thousand ships, created the world’s greatest empire, discovered a New World, and, following the charge of a mutant called CTM, breached the established bastions of British tradition. And that, as any hardworking plenipotentiary will tell you, is the most difficult, the most jaw-breaking, of all diplomatic assignments. Who, then, are these all-pervasive undercover agents who have l ways relied on their special 007License to Thrill? Now that we have marinated you, read on Welcome to the secret world of spices....*


Colleen Gantzer
Colleen Gantzer
Author
Hugh and Colleen Gantzer live their dream. Colleen had always wanted to fly and she did pilot a plane in the Swiss Alps while Hugh sat behind saying a rosary, just in case! Hugh had longed to see those far away places with their strange sounding names so he joined the Indian Navy. Hugh took premature retirement when he was the Judge Advocate of the Southern Naval Area and Hugh and Colleen decided to become a travel-writer-photographer team. Suddenly, things changed. They found themselves surfing on the great travel wave that was sweeping across the world. In quick succession they launched India s first travel column carried in all editions of a national daily on the editorial page. They hosted 52 weekly episodes of India s first nation-wide TV travel show, wrote the first travel scripts for dot.coms, won national and international awards, toured India and the world as guests of eager tourism organisations. They have, possibly, visited, photographed and written about more places in India than anyone else in the long history of our land.Once, a greatly revered maternal uncle, who had just retired as India s Naval Chief, had asked them, How long more will you continue to travel? That was before they were invited to a winter ball in Vienna. Today, for six months every year, when they re not in their Victorian cottage in the oak woods of the Himalayas, they re still travelling...and they re still having a ball.
Hugh Gantzer
Hugh Gantzer
Author
Hugh and Colleen Gantzer live their dream. Colleen had always wanted to fly and she did pilot a plane in the Swiss Alps while Hugh sat behind saying a rosary, just in case! Hugh had longed to see those far away places with their strange sounding names so he joined the Indian Navy. Hugh took premature retirement when he was the Judge Advocate of the Southern Naval Area and Hugh and Colleen decided to become a travel-writer-photographer team. Suddenly, things changed. They found themselves surfing on the great travel wave that was sweeping across the world. In quick succession they launched India s first travel column carried in all editions of a national daily on the editorial page. They hosted 52 weekly episodes of India s first nation-wide TV travel show, wrote the first travel scripts for dot.coms, won national and international awards, toured India and the world as guests of eager tourism organisations. They have, possibly, visited, photographed and written about more places in India than anyone else in the long history of our land.Once, a greatly revered maternal uncle, who had just retired as India s Naval Chief, had asked them, How long more will you continue to travel? That was before they were invited to a winter ball in Vienna. Today, for six months every year, when they re not in their Victorian cottage in the oak woods of the Himalayas, they re still travelling...and they re still having a ball.