“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travels’ sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
When the travel bug bites, no man can resist. The craving to explore, to set out for some unseen destination, to walk through streets and admire local shops, traditional costumes, try and understand regional language, sit and appreciate the beauty of centuries-old history hidden in its bosom, to taste new flavours, to fasten belts and tighten shoes for a grand venture into the wild, arduous treks through tricky trails, rafting through strong splashes, bungee jumping from heights, to brush away all inhibitions and enjoy a moment of complete ecstasy, gets severely intense when the inner self gasps for a break from the humdrum life and yearns for a change, a rejuvenation. However, the journey too needs to be as exciting as the destination itself. So, pack your bags, fill in all essentials, and, of course, do not forget to take along that, which certainly fits as your true friend at all times, i.e. books.
Yes, books! They are known to be the best buddies as they never leave you alone, accompany you everywhere, transport you through time, keep you engaged and glued and practically fit anywhere. While some may find science fiction intriguing, others may be lost in romantic novels, yet few may be game for action and adventure whereas autobiographies could be someone’s cup of tea. With several genres, people have umpteen to choose from, yet we would like to suggest names of few books that could be the best pals on your next journey.
Eat, Pray, Love- Elizabeth Gilbert
The plot takes one through a roller coaster ride of human emotions. The author succeeds in bringing forth the agonies and subsequent freedom from a troubled marriage, and the excitement of travelling to three unseen destinations around the world.
Maximum City- Suketu Mehta
This non-fiction book rambles and gallops through the streets of Mumbai, exploring every inch of the city, from the brightest rises to the darkest corners. Suketu Mehta beautifully delineates the lives of the millions who come to this city for a better living.
City of Djinns- William Dalrymple
The City of Djinns is a travelogue that slowly unfurls various characters, incidents, facts and facets of the national capital of India, seen through the eyes of the author and his wife during their six years stay in Delhi.
Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents- Elisabeth Eaves
The life of a truly free spirit along with the craziness, love, wanders, musings and experiences that she encounters on a wonderful and extra-ordinary journey through five continents that comes as serious food for thought for readers.
The Snow Leopard- Peter Matthiessen
The beauty of this book lies in a manner that the author has written about his two-month expedition in the Dolpho region of the Himalayas in search of snow leopard which comes with a mix of adventure, emotional turmoil and spiritual exploration.
The Idle Traveller- Dan Kieran
Dan Kieran explains as to how travelling should be more of a therapeutic journey, a curative exploration than being a mission of covering maximum attractions at the earliest. ‘Slow travel’ helps one keep a harmonious balance between the external and internal worlds.
The Emerald Route - R.K. Narayan
R.K. Narayan’s travelogue is a journey through the hills, gold mines, battlefields, rock formations, shopping complexes and local cuisine of Karnataka that speaks volumes on the state’s history, topography, culture and heritage.
A Passage to India- E. M. Forster
Selected as one of the 100 great works of 20th century English Literature, E.M. Forster, in this novel, tries to bring-out the intricacies of four characters along with the life of Indians trapped in racial tensions and prejudices during the pre-independence British era.
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”- Ralph Waldo Emerson