Yay or Nay: Yay. A travelogue, Hot Tea Across India is simple with an undertone. An undertone of how, travel is mostly about meeting new people.
Review: This is the second travelogue I have read. First being Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh, which I read about 2 years back. I loved that book and quite liked this one too. I sure was skeptical initially as I was deciding whether to buy this book or not. What made the decision for me is, it spoke of Hot tea, across India. To be true, my expectations were to read a travelogue of finding the varieties across India. Not like am a fan of tea (am a more coffee worshiper ? ).
Though the book didn’t turn out the way I had thought, I won’t deny the fact that I did quite enjoy reading it. More so, as it filled me with nostalgia as it reminded me of the Kashmir trip in 2014. The people, food and the beauty of the place was something that can never be forgotten. I definitely would thank the author for reminding me of this. But I wish the author had more to say on how he felt and if it changed him in anyway at the end of it.
The book is a set of interesting stories of travel and adventures the author had. People he met in various cities, who played a major role in making the travel meaningful, easy and became a part of memories. Also, quite liked the fact that, the author talks of a cup of tea, as being more than just a beverage. But synonymous to being more a familiar feeling, that calmed down, re-energized or warmed the author through his journey. May it after a just-missing getting his car burnt in Kerala or post surviving the icy roads of Tanglang La. It is said that, when you go through many a strong emotions that drains you. Even the smallest thing that is familiar, will have the power to calm you down instantaneously. A Hot Tea is what seem to have meant that for him.
Hot Tea Across India is a fun quick read that leaves you wanting the travel and the adventure.
My Takeaway: There is a lot of difference being a tourist to a traveler. A traveler is the one who really sees the place and not just visits it. Food forms a major part of every travel, because as you understand the food is when you understand the place and the people better. Most important takeaway, I need to get my ass back to Kashmir soon. ?
Book Details: Publishing year: 2012 | Publisher : Tranquebar | Genre:Travel
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