Blurb: “After having recurring dreams, a man considers retracing Lord Hanuman’s epic journey from India to Sri Lanka. While rationality argues against the pursuit, the dream appeals to something deeper and he sets out with two friends on a 1200 kilometre trek across South India. The journey however, doesn’t turn out to be quite what they expected. Along the way, through encounters with evil cans of pepper spray, wise men, pimps, hellhounds, and manic elephants, they are forced to confront their personal demons. At one of their lowest moments, plagued by doubt, they lose all hope. That’s when they experience a sign, the first of many, which renews their spirits and helps them push forward. Monkeys, Motorcycles, and Misadventures, provides a candid account of the trio’s incredible journey – their misgivings, sufferings, and triumphs, all in search of faith.”
About the author: Harsha is a freelance writer and the author of ‘Monkeys, Motorcycles, and Misadventures’. After graduating with a Master’s in Business Administration, he worked with a large IT company for a few years, before taking a sabbatical to trek the Hanuman route. In 2013, he moved to a beach town, where he spent a year beach bumming, mooching off family, and writing ‘Monkeys, Motorcycles, and Misadventures’.
Review: This was my first time reading a travelogue, a genre I hardly read or prefer reading but this book ‘Monkeys, Motorcycles and Misadventures’ by author Harsha did not disappoint me. The book was indeed a fresh read for me. It was a well written and maintained appropriately journal than a book. The book is a travelogue mapping the route Hanuman had taken to rescue the kidnapped Sita from Ashok Vatika in Sri Lanka and the author Harsha in fact ventured out with his friends on a 1200 km path across South India and book also highlights the journey of the trio and their many experiences congregated on the way. Though I love travelling I have never been on long trips, and while I was reading this book I imagined myself the trek, the roads, the troubles, the sun, the moon and the terrains. With the right amount of humour, wit and insight and those verbal exchanges among the friends made this book a special read. Apart from being a travelogue, the book is also the author Harsha’s memoir with the loss of his beloved grandmother and subsequently that of his faith; he seeks a resolution on this journey. I found the book to be funny, adventurous mythology with a dash of humour and excitement. I would highly recommend this book to all those readers interested in travel, and adventure.
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I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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