Thursday, January 28, 2016

#285 : Monkeys, Motorcycles, and Misadventures by Harsha : Review


GENRE: Non-Fiction


FORMAT: Paperback


HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer Harsha Vardhan in exchange for an honest review. Thanks a lot!

This is the second non-fiction travelogue that I am reading and when I picked up this book I knew it would be different from the first. The first was by a female writer who visited a lot of countries. This one however is a man’s account of traversing the path that is supposed have been used by Lord Hanuman from India to Sri Lanka. The idea of “walking” and “Trekking” a long distance that too based on a dream sounded a bit incredulous to me. Much to my astonishment, they actually found the existence of such a route and took the journey.

The writer along with his two friends travelled all the way from Hampi in Karnataka to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu and then moved on to Sri Lanka. Being a novice that I am about treks et al, this book was an eye opener. Of course, frequent business travels had seasoned me to the idea of warming up to strange food and language, yet, the prospect of trekking and walking to a far off place, crossing mountains and rivers doesn’t entice me one bit. As expected, the writer and his friends have their fair share of fun and fights, cross a lot of hurdles like shortage of food, bad weather and pathetic accommodation. In spite of going through all this, they meet people who reinstate their faith in humanity and teach them humility. I was dumbfounded by the fact the group just stuck to visiting temples without indulging in any activities that would be considered blasphemy.

The writer successfully managed to recount his experiences vividly describing the trail in detail. The account was quite extensive but not too extensive to bore the readers. Perfect editing along with simple yet interesting writing, this book was a pleasant surprise for someone who isn’t inclined to reading non-fiction. The writer by this account taught me what it means to be resilient and have that mental energy to take on a mammoth trip. Wonder why he choose to title the book so, didn’t seem like a misadventure at all to me! An adventure is an adventure no matter what!
MY SAY: One inspiring account for people who hesitate to travel
BOOK LINKS : Goodreads
AUTHOR LINKS : Website , Goodreads 


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