Christopher Kremmer is the author of The Carpet Wars: A Journey Across the Islamic Heartlands. His other books include Bamboo Palace: Discovering the Lost Dynasty of Laos, and Inhaling the Mahatma, a memoir of the eight years in which he lived and worked in India. His books have been published in ten countries, including several translations, and have won or been shortlisted for many literary awards. Christopher has recently returned to Melbourne where he now works with the Australia India Institute.