India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most artistic materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only!Mark Twain (Writer, America)
Starting with the places that touched his Spiritual side, Vipin Chopal begins the book. From Kashi to Pondicherry, he visited many places, captured their beauty through his lens, and gave the words to his experiences in this Short Travel Book.
A common dream to travel India, somewhere resides in most of us, but the author fulfills it, and I am so happy for him. He travelled to Kashi, Allahabad, Pondicherry, Gujrat, Rajasthan, Jabalpur and many more destinations. And the way he has put his experiences, and details of Rajasthan, kindled my desire to visit the state.
The book varies continuously in the format. In the beginning, it’s more about the experience, history, details, but towards the end, it felt like a travel guide; the information how to reach there for all places, especially towards the end, seems unnecessary to me, and the experience and details that were keeping me intrigued, are missing towards the end.
Writing style is simple, and that is really good. Details mentioned in the book about the place aren’t heavy to read, and reading about history in a light way is something that we need in school (I personally sought that)
Ending and Editing could have been better. I would have loved a note rather than an abrupt ending, and reading experience would have been better if I didn’t have to look for typos, there aren’t so many but even few can pique me.
The book also has so many pictures captured by the author, which adds to intensify the soothing reading experience. With a little bit creativity, editing and proper format, this book can become a 5/5 must read.
In a Nutshell, Capturing the Essence of India did captured it, in a simple way, and it’s a book you can go to before packing your bags for any of the destination mentioned.
Did You Know?
Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first lesson after Self-Realization.
(I got to know from the Book, I don’t know why but so happy to know that! So Me! )