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The Plot: We all travel, but we all travel differently. We may visit the same place but we see it through different eyes. Travel, My Way is Vartika Mehtrotra Gakhar’s debut book, through which we see various travel destinations through her eyes. Vartika has not only travelled around India extensively but she has also lived in different cities, and now lives in Poland.
My Thoughts: From Lucknow to Himachal Pradesh in the North of India. Allepey to Kodaikanal in the South, Jaisalmer and Goa in the West, Vartika has placed her pin on varied locations all over India. Vartika also adds an international flavour by introducing us to Poland, the East European city she now calls home.
Each chapter is detailed, and studded with personal anecdotes, drawing you in. Helpful ‘Suggestions’, and ‘Tips and Tricks’ and ‘Points to Note’, will not only help you plan a better trip but will also let you know what to expect from the city mentioned. Vartika has been candid about sharing her travel goof ups too. From not carrying the appropriate weather friendly clothing and thus getting drenched n chilly Kedarnath to travelling in a bus that was full of drunk villagers in Jammu.
As I made my way through this book I felt like I was reading Vartika’s personal diary. As, not only did it introduce me to so many facts and places, it also introduced me to Vartika.
I literally saw Vartika grow through the chapters. From a young girl travelling with her family, to a newly-wed much in love bride and finally a confident mom of adorable twins.
Reading this book is akin to taking a refreshing journey, at the end of which you realise you are wiser, recharged and left with a smile on your face.
P:S: Look out for ‘Naimisharanya’. What is that? Read this book to find out!
****4 Stars to Travel. My Way by Vartika Mehrotra Gakhar
My rating chart;
*Use it as a doorstop.
**Read it if you have nothing better to do.
***You may like it if you like this particular genre.
*****What! You haven’t read it YET?!