Saturday, March 22, 2014

My Book About My 1974 Journey To India In A Nutshell

Forty years ago, on September 3, 1974, I boarded a bus on a trip that would take me through Europe, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan on our way to India. After dropping off its passengers in Delhi and giving us five weeks of “free time” in India, it began the journey back.

The entire trip took over three months and covered 18,000 miles – three quarters of the circumference of the Earth. No – it was not marijuana, or Indian gurus that attracted us, but a chance to see a world beyond Europe. 

During this journey we got to see and experience places and roads that would soon be closed to travelers. Roads that have not reopened in the same way since then. It truly was a moment in time. Little did we know then that the Shah of Iran would fall in the winter of 1978-79 and be replaced by Ayatollah Khomeini, that Afghanistan’s relatively peaceful society would be replaced by a Soviet-backed tyranny, then  the Taliban’s brutal rule, and then war again, -- making the Khyber Pass dangerous in more ways than when we crossed it.  

I was an amateur photographer armed with a Nikon F Photomic TN, a 35mm-wide angle lens, a 200 mm zoom, a Rollei 35, 40-rolls of black & white film, and half as many rolls of Kodachrome 64. For almost 40 years these photos sat in a box that traveled with me through various apartments in Sweden and then to America, where I’ve lived since 1989.

That was until last year when I bought a new scanner and started the long and arduous process of scanning, retouching, fixing, sorting and selecting over a thousand photos from this trip. Six months later I produced a photo book and realized that it was not just a “nice story” to document for my sake – and my family legacy - but an adventure that others may also find interesting.

I have searched the Web for other books about other 1970’s travelers of the modern Silk Road, but very little seems to have been published – either in photos or words. The route was called the “Hippie Trail” by some and there were even companies specializing in the overland journey from Europe to Asia. One company was actually called Overland.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

I’m Adding Sunshine to My Paint -- Harald Sandberg’s Path to the Arts

Here is the English print edition of the book about my father's struggle to become and artist.
“I’m Adding Sunshine to My Paint” is a book about the first four decades of Harald Sandberg’s life and career, from his birth in the Northern Swedish coastal city of Söderhamn to the end of 1955 when he had achieved his childhood’s dream of becoming an artist and painter, despite a severe heart ailment. Besides, he had three children together with his wife Constance, who would remain his partner in work and love all through his life.

Click here for a preview of the print edition of the book!

I have also published a Kindle edition which you can find here.



Sunday, November 25, 2012

Boken om Harald Sandbergs väg till konsten (tr. his path towards becoming an artist)

I have published a book about my father's childhood, youth and his path towards becoming a painter. It follows his life and career from his birth in 1912 to the end of 1955, when the young boy who three doctors thought would not reach his tenth birthday, was a father of three and had received excellent reviews at his first exhibit in Paris. The book is written in Swedish, and is available as an ebook that can be read on a computer, smartphone or tablet (iPhone, Android and Nook, etc). There is also a separate English version for Kindle.
  
I'm Adding Sunshine to My Paint



 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Swedish-American Currents - Now for Kindle, iPad and Nook

I have published a new and revised edition of Swedish-American Currents. The new edition is more focused and richly illustrated. It covers my writings for Currents Magazine and Currents Online from January 2004 to the Autumn of 2010. The epub (for iPad, Nook and Android tables) is available from Lulu.com and the Kindle version can be found in Amazon's Kindle bookstore. The price for the ebook is 9.74 at Lulu and 9.99 at Amazon.com.

Friday, March 26, 2010

George Washington University MBA-Students Reads "Swedish-American Currents"

22 MBA-students at George Washington University will read Swedish-American Currents as part of an interactive Global MBA Program where they will study Swedish business culture and Swedish clean tech companies heading for the U.S. The course is led by Anna Helm, visiting professor at the Center for International Business Education and Research at the George Washington University.