I met Mark Pritchard at Squaw Valley Writers Workshop a couple of years ago. We were in the same group and at the time Mark was working on a book that sounded intriguing (both from the sample and plot description). The novel was set in Bangalore, India–a place Mark had never visited.
Now, however, he has visited and is posting fascinating dispatches on his blog about his experience there. Go on and read them and check out his photos as well: Too Beautiful in Bangalore