Not Yet Bitten By The Travel Bug? Try Reading These Mind Blowing Traveloguesby jay.m January 16, 2014 0 comments
For those who have yet to be bitten by the travel bug, these interesting reads have a lot to offer. The reasons for travel could be various, out of necessity or just for the charm of it or for explore the world, travel experiences have known to be adventurous, discovering one’self and adding a new dimension to one’s life. A few good travel reads such as these could offer the much required push to embark upon a journey of discovering the world and its residents which could be quite diverse and different from your existing world.
The Motorcycle Diaries – Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara translated by Alexandra Keeble
The Motorcycle Diaries are travel memoirs of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, the noted Marxist revolutionary who embarked upon a travel on his single cylinder 1939 Nortonc 500cc bike popularly called as La Poderoasa – the Mighty One. Then a 23 year old medical student, Che was accompanied by his friend Alberto Granado, a biochemist. As they traversed more than 8,000 kms across the Amazon River Basin, Atacama Desert, Andes, Che was moved by the social injustice, exploitation, ostracism of lepers and decrepit state of the once magnificient Inca civilization.
In fact, all throughout this 9 month journey, Che and his friend treated lepers along the route. With major worry about their next meal and boarding, they travelled the entire distance using various modes of transport such as raft, horse, bike, bus, hitchhiking and so on. These diaries were written not with the intention of publication till they were purchased by a Cuban publisher.
The Motorcycle Diaries provide vivid accounts of the then existing US supremacy on the existing poor and socially backward society of the Latin American nations. Undoubtedly, The Motorcycle Diaries has enjoyed the New York Times bestseller rankings several times
Around India in 80 Trains – Monisha Rajesh
UK born, Monisha Rajesh returned to India with her family but being totally dissatisfied with the Indian style of living, they returned back to the UK. It was twenty years later that Monisha decided to discover India by rail. She embarked upon a long rail journey spanning nearly 40,000 kms. across India. Indian Railways have their own range of specialized trains which include toy trains, commuter trains, hospital on wheels, palace on wheels and more, each of which has distinct feature and purpose to serve.
As Monisha travels across the country accompanied by an atheist photographer, each of her travel adventures are met with a mocking twist especially in religious dominated India. Full of life, wit and humour, Around India in 80 trains is one light read for unwinding.
The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia – Paul Theroux
Written by an accomplished writer and avid train traveler, the Great Railway Bazaar is about his train experiences aboard various trains across Asia. Set in the decades of 1970s, the novel is an interesting read for it takes you through the Pink City of Jaipur in the Delhi Mail, the Khyber Pass Local, the Orient Express, the Trans Siberian Express through Russia and China.
It was during those times that distances did matter while fusion of cultures had yet to take place and globalization was moderately paced. His other interesting reads include include Dark Star Safari, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Elephanta Suite, A Dead Hand, The Tao of Travel and The Lower River are equally vivid and interesting to read.
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