In the summer of 1956, Lloyd Rudolph and Susanne Rudolph travelled 5,000 miles from London to Jaipur in a Land Rover and recorded their impressions and experiences of people and places encountered on the way. Their passage to India marked the beginning of an academic career spanning over five decades spent researching, writing, and teaching about the country. Destination India is an account of the Rudolphs' journey 'East of Suez'-across Western Asia, Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan into the Indian subcontinent-and of all that they learned there.
Lloyd I. Rudolph is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Susanne Hoeber Rudolph is William Benton Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago. In 2014, they have been awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian honour, for literature and education, and the University of Chicago's Norman MacLean Faculty Award.