It happens all the time: you go to a flea market without knowing what you really look for, and voila– you find something that you really like.

Last week i found this amazing book by Neils A. Douwes Dekker in an old book shop in Blok M, Jakarta. This book is titled TANAH AIR KITA – The Country and People of indonesia, containing over 350 photos –16 photos are color– of once and always beautiful Indonesia. Here are some photos from the book.

The photos are amazing –each and every photo is carefully selected and curated. Many are “never been published and which is not likely to be surpassed in the near future” as it says in the cover. This book is for “those who already know something about INDONESIA will immediately want to possess. For those whom Indonesia is merely a name…it will come as a revelation” .


Neils A is the great grandnephew of the famous Multatuli Edward Douwes Dekker, the author of Max Havelaar — a familiar name for those who fancy history in high school.

Throughout the book the writer praises and only praises the country devotedly — here is a quote: INDONESIA, an equatorial paradise of thousands of tropical islands, great and small, displaying a wealth arts and customs, a land in which age-old traditions exist side by side with up-to-date industries. A land with a past– and a land with a future.