Planes, Trains, and Auto-Rickshaws is part humorous travelogue, part history, and part cultural reflection.  This essay collection provides an intimate glimpse of a nation at its turning point and is a must-read for travelers to the subcontinent and those who want to understand India beyond the headlines.  Pedersen also explores the increasing contributions of women in this burgeoning democracy and how their particular needs are finally being examined.   Fulcrum Publishing, July 20, 2012.