Sunday, August 24, 2014

#85 : Bucket List of a Traveloholic by Sarika Pandit : A Review


Bucket List of a Traveloholic

BOOK TITLE: Bucket List of a Traveloholic


ISBN: 9788172344979

AUTHOR: Sarika Pandit

GENRE: Non Fiction

NUMBER OF PAGES: 242

FORMAT: Paperback

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

REVIEW BY: Shree janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK:  The publisher sent us a review copy. We thank Fingerprint Publishing for it!

SUMMARY: While her B-School batch mates are busy scrambling for top jobs and grades, a restless Sarika dreams of putting on her running shoes and having all the pages of her passport stamped by the age of thirty.

What follows is a frenzied quest of not just collecting stamps but ticking off items off her ever-expanding bucket list: From learning the local language in Spain to an alcohol trail through Greece; from a tryst with Shakespeare and Jane Austen in the United Kingdom to an encounter with the Vampire in Romania; from straddling the border between two countries in the Middle East to a road trip through Morocco to the Sahara; each experience bringing her just a little closer to reaching that final destination on her passport.

A journey of falling in love with globetrotting--this one promises to be one of the best roller-coaster reading experiences you will have this year

REVIEW:

I fell I love with the cover the moment the publisher, Fingerprint Publishing sent us a mail for a review. I’ve always had a thing for travel. Unfortunately for me, I really don’t have the back balance or the time to travel. I travel only through the eyes and words of writers. To me, reading a book which takes me across borders is exhilarating than actually travelling. Naturally my expectations of this book with a beautiful glossy cover were high.

The summary promised me a journey of falling in love with globetrotting. The book exactly didn’t keep its promise up. The writer, Sarika, has this “repetitive” impulse of packing her bags and getting her passport stamped while her peers slog away to make a living. She narrates her travels across the globe.  Each account typically starts with her “reasons” for visiting that particular country and ends with her heading back to Mumbai with a Visa Stamp in her passport and beautiful “ Black & White” pictures (Yeah! in the book it was all black and white!).

I really liked the Jerusalem account of her travel. The writer has beautifully conveyed her emotions of witnessing more than just a cultural difference between two parts of the same city. Religion should never be the reason for war, for all religions preach just the same ideology: the ideology of love. Sadly, humans don’t really get this simple truth. This hard hitting fact was beautifully portrayed by the writer in that Jerusalem account.

The English country and Jane Austen trip left me high and dry. I really can connect with the writer in that part of the travel.  I truly have no words to describe that part of the book , for it was brilliant. I might be exaggerating a bit for I have a soft spot for anything related to English literature.

The chocolate trail account in Brussels made me go stark mad for not pursing my masters in Belgium in spite of having an opportunity to do so. Gosh I missed out on all chocolates! Not liking chocolate is such a sin. Glad the writer turned from a chocolate hater to chocolate tolerant person.

India isn’t exactly the best place for women travelling alone. That account of Kajuraho travel made me hang my head down in shame. Being a regular domestic traveller (Sadly work related), I have been there in similar situation feeling scared and hopeless. Hope this pathetic state improves someday.

In spite of majorly enjoying the book, I couldn’t connect with it for a rather simple reason. I really can’t get why the writer has this impulse to pack her bags and globetrot. I can explain why I have this impulse to pick up a book and read it until I complete it forgetting my daily chores (read sleeping and priming up!).

My other big complaint would be the pictures. Black and white images aren’t any good. Either there should have been color pictures or there shouldn’t have been pictures at all.

To sum it up, I simply envy the writer! Go girl! You rock!

VERDICT: Strictly only for people with an Itchy feet and an impulse to drop everything and pack up to abscond to some absurd place.

RATING: 3 on 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The SUMMARY Pretty much describes her!

EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Kindle & Paperback

PRICE: Rs.213 (Paperback)

BOOK LINKS: http://www.amazon.in/Bucket-List-Traveloholic-Sarika-Pandit/dp/817234497X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407679367&sr=1-1&keywords=9788172344979


Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse
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