Spring Reads: Books that give serious Wanderlust (Part 1)
Spring is embracing us all and longing to travel is a corollary of this weather. The inevitable wanderlust is enthralling for the soul. Whether it is the echoing mountains or the southern meadows, the chirping sea waves or the Kerala backwaters, nature has in it abundance to display, a bliss for the eyes, a treat to the mind.
Every traveller has his/her own perception of nature, beauty and thus the urge to travel is guided by different prospects. For some it is the serenity of the surrounding that matters while for some a crowded celebration by the beach side is the needed environment. Whatever may the reason be, the ultimate parameter to inspire the traveller within us is for a change, a change to discover the world, to discover ourselves and to bring or keep us closer to the natural.
Unfortunately, fight for bread and butter keeps us aloof of this natural therapy called travelling. Hence these books will definitely wander your imaginations to the most exotic, remote and undiscovered lands. Reading these books will certainly sprout the wanderlust within you. Hopefully some of us will end up packing their bags immediately.
1) The Land of Flying Lamas & Other Real Travel Stories From the Indian Himalaya by Gaurav Punj
The book is a compilation of experiences in the form of short stories of people who have trekked, visited the regions of the Himalayas. The experiences are real and focus on sharing information with people who aspire to go on a visit to the holy mountains and witness the beauty
a) Includes real experiences from real people
b) Has a special segment by one of India’s popular fitness specialist Rujuta Diwekar, who quotes the importance of trekking, its benefits and how to prepare for the D-Day
2) On the Road: Penguin UK Edition by Jack Kerouac
On The Road is considered to be a seminal post-war work, and its setting and theme make for an engaging read. The novel captures the author Jack Kerouac and his friends’ travels across North America. The author is the main protagonist in the story, and it is set against the backdrop of music, poetic literature, and drug abuse.
a) Time magazine chose the novel as one of the 100 Best English Novels from 1923 to 2005.
b) It stood 55th in Modern Library’s list of 100 Best English Language Novels of the 20th Century.
3) Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything by Elizabeth Gilbert
In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want–husband, country home, successful career–but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and of what she found in their place. Following a divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. Now a popular movie staring Julia Roberts