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Swati is a full time professional and a passionate travel blogger. She loves traveling, exploring new places and sharing her travel experiences. She lives in Bangalore with her super supportive husband and two adorable kids.
Traveler’s hesitate to explore India’s North East due to a general dearth of information or reliable testimonials. So, when Abhijeet Deshpande reached out to me to review his book ‘Backpacking North East India: A Curious Journey’ , I willingly agreed. Read this candid review of a book, based on journeys deep inside the region by two backpackers. This work is North East India unplugged!
With so little known about the eight states of India’s North East, a work like this is bound to raise a reader’s interest. What I liked is that while the book brought these states closer to me, it did not shy away from talking about the nuisance and futility of bandhs and the visible impact of receding insurgencies – in one of the chapters, the author narrates how they had to break an overnight journey at Mizoram-Tripura border to avoid being abducted! It talks to the potential hardship in certain remote areas, when we take things for granted, such as ATMs running out of cash! It brings out the dos and don’ts. For instance, not speaking ill about anyone, tricks to avoid mosquito-bites, not stepping out after dark, and most importantly, paying heed to local advice. At the same time, the book highlights people’s and government’s empathy, willingness, and ability to help. Which means, should you venture into places that the author recommends, you are in good hands!
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Apurva Tupdale, a curious cat, has found solace in the words she reads and writes. Secretary by profession and full-time dreamer, she finds everything in this world fascinating. She also is a noted book reviewer and short story writer on her own blog. Her poem is published by Half Baked Beans in a e-book anthology called "The Poems of Bean Bakers". She is still a work in progress for achieving her main goal of being a published author.
‘Travel across India’ is almost on everyone’s ‘To-do-before-I-die list’ and this guide to go backpacking to Northeast India is just what one needs to carry around. Abhijeet Deshpande along with his wife Navita embarks a journey which will make you jealous of pure and unfiltered travel experience, which is very skillfully penned down in Backpacking North East India. This curious journey will indeed keep you on toes as you are enthralled to see the cities, tourist must-visit places, and the lesser known spots as well. The book takes you hopping from one place to other showing you the culture, local people, and rituals. We get to take part in this expedition first hand while reading through their story. However, it is not just a story about travel; there are various other aspects to it. You get to go on an adventure, feel the fear, know the happiness, capture the enchanted scenes, and to let your imagination run wild.
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Abhijeet Deshpande is a traveller by choice and certainly good at creating a picturesque representation of his journey through his words. Minimalistic travels have been the author’s forte and he has been at it for over 20 years now. This book is written in a simple language making it easy to understand and would certainly be handy whilst planning your travel to North East India. The detailed outlines of each place of visit and the challenges faced throughout the journey make it easier for the reader to stay connected throughout the end. The personalized writing style distinguishes this book from others. So, when you are planning your next trip, you know just where to look for! Grab your copy now.
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Author of "American Baapu: India Through My Eyes, Rick is a recently-retired psychotherapist and far-from-retired drummer who writes books in his spare time. He's into cooking, motorcycles, photography, Hindi cinema, progressive rock music, computers and reading fantasy and sci fi. Swing by his website, for stories of travels and his unofficially-adopted children!
Meylin Muñiz, a 100% Cuban, with an inexplicable interest in Indian culture, food, and spirituality, is an active artist, writer, runner, gardener, introvert, a so-called "space-cadet", and a sustainability enthusiast! She is currently at the University of Florida majoring in Environmental Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources and aims to address food security challenges. As a backpacker, Meylin has set sights on the Appalachian trail.
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A career journalist for over two decades, Utpal has covered stories in India and Nepal. Currently, he works as an Assistant Editor with The Hindustan Times and heads the paper's North East bureau. As a passionate traveler, he has explored Asia extensively.
Writing since 2005, Kima is a popular blogger from Mizoram. He is well traveled and mainly writes about issues from North East India. Other than that, he is a game designer, former Co-Founder & Chief Ninja at FITH Media, foodie, blogaholic, Metal lover, Gooner 4 life, IIMB drop-out, paani puri addict, and a Tattoo fanatic!
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