I have my VISA. For India that is. I am now allowed to travel within non-restricted areas of the Republic of India until June 29th, 2005 so long as I do not stay more than 180 consecutive days.
I'm only reading my India history book on the bus now though. The author started off pretty well, covering culture of the Harappans in northwest India. But since then, he's focused mainly on who's ruling who, with a bit on royal patronage of religion. He throws out a bone on Muslims bringing paper to India, and occasional other bits. But mostly it's all about the dynasties.
Any comparative religion freaks out there want to recommend a book/website on Indian religions? India is the home of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and several other religions. It's also the second largest Muslim country after Indonesia.