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How to Train a Cowboy discovery is a hip notion theseays But The Fact Ignored Is That The the fact ignored is that the simple problems of knowing oneself or coming to oneself or being at peace with oneself are lifelong metaphysical projects whose essence cannot be One Special Moment delivered in toto over a two week trip to Ladakh Travel in and of itself will not save us In fact if indeed itoes provide something akin to solace and leads to a superior understanding of the self then precisely because such eliverances aren t permanent because life as it is must be
returned to travelling can become an imprisoning habit making larger liberations ifficult because of the tastings ofto travelling can become an imprisoning habit making larger liberations Watch for Me by Moonlight (The Midnight Twins, difficult because of the tastings of gratificationsThus it is problematic to conceive travel as that which leads to self enhancement and perhaps better to return to the less attractive idea of travel as an exercise in knowing the outer world If the traveller believes that knowing the world has a value in and of itself that subjecting herself to the objective world as it exists is a worthwhile activity then travel can be said to be approached in the right spirit And if in the process of assimilating realities that were hitherto unseen her self consciousnessoes experience an expansion then all the good One travel book that belittles clich s and stays clear of any The Mommy Makeover dogma recent or modern about the virtues of travel is Srinath Perur s If It s Monday It Must Be Madurai A Conducted Tour of India The book published in 2014 is a collection of ten essaysetailing travels undertaken by the author with ten uniue groups of people The groups are mostly composed of Indians and most travels are in India Perur travels to Tamilnadu s temples in buses full of retired government servants to Europe with a esi group to Uzbekistan with a group of sex tourists to Pandarpur on a pilgrimage called Wari and so on The essays are mostly journalistic so that the tone can be wry in the face of absurdity or reverent in the face of piety Perur narrates as someone who observes precisely to the egree that invites reflection On the rare occasions that Perur tells us what he felt in a given scenario he has the good sense to break through the ironic veneer so that what is A River of Royal Blood (Untitled, delivered seems like zen wisdom Recommended Ten chapters of ten conducted tours that the author went on At least eight of those were an enjoyable read and a few in those were thought provoking too Off late I veeveloped a liking towards travelogues by younger authors Samanth Subramaniam Haroon Khalid and now Srinath Perur Perhaps I related to them better I remember that the first travelogue I read was Among the Believers An Islamic Journey by VS Naipaul to read a first hand account of life in Islamic countries Am a reluctant traveler but I keep picking up a travelogue now and then by famous authors like Theroux Iyer and others Almost all those authors had very sharp observation skills and secondly they all travelled alone In that sense this book by Srinath Perur is First Blood different from them all and kudos to him for thatTravelogue based on conducted tours Did I read it correctly The 10 conducted tours wereifferent and the author has managed to turn something as mundane and seemingly boring as bus trips into very entertaining and insightful episodes The writing "style and vocabulary is just right not superficial and not pretentious "and vocabulary is just right not superficial and not pretentious the author puts across his views honestly and humblyThe chapters on the first 6 7 tours were too good and this seemed to be heading for a 55 rating Worth a read Full on entertainiment A travelogue on ten conducted tours with The Palliser Novels different Indian groups1 Tamil temples package2 Europe famous spots3 Deserts of Rajasthan4 Kerala backwaters5 Sex starved tourists for Uzbekistan6 Slum tourism of Mumbai7 Journeys with Meaning tour of North East8 Musical trail of Kabir through MP Rajasthan Gujarat UP Pakistan9 Village life innovations through Madhya Pradesh10 Traditional Wari walk of MaharasthraWritten in an ironic and funny way the places explored in the book are eua. Aelightful travel bookThis entertaining travelogue around ten conducted tours co. ,
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Ty group tours the author had gone on and was trying to make a uick buck with a book in the currently in subject of travel As the 10 chapters show the canvas is colourful the subjects even varied and I m elighted to be proved wrong1 The Grace of God is a temple hopping tour across Tamil "Nadu With Retired Government Servants2 "with retired government servants2 Jahaan Se Accha is an escorted Europe tour with a Desi group3 Desert Knowledge "Camel College is a conducted tour of Rajasthan with a camel safari4 Foreign Culture is a cruise through the backwaters of "College is a conducted tour of Rajasthan with a camel safari4 Foreign Culture is a cruise through the backwaters of with a small group of foreigners5 Memorial For The Victims Of Repression is a conducted sex tour to Uzbekistan among a group of repressed Indian men6 Santa Claus Aa Rahe Hai is a slum porn tour of Dharavi7 According to Their Own Genius is a freewheeling tour of Assam and Meghalaya8 The Same Water Everywhere is a Kabir Yatra with folk musicians across Rajasthan9 Real India is about a walking tour of villages in Madhya Pradesh looking for local innovations and meeting people10 The Taste Of Sugar Perur undertakes a Wari the ancient walking pilgrimage to PandarpurGroup escorted tours are the bread and butter of India s tourism industry and operators spend hours in carefully esigning the itinerary and the inclusions jamming in as much as possible to ensure the best paisa vasool for the customer Ironically conducted tours are also looked Hunter Killer (Pike Logan down as a very touristy thing that those travelling on them just want to check off it s just not travel And yet as this book shows there are reasons for travelling and it s not always about seeing sights and having local experiences It s also about wearing clothes you usually can t being with your spouse away from your joint family being in a place where you re not being judged or taking that first trip as a couple in 25 years of marriage which I think is a psychological validation of having finished their responsibilities and so can now indulge themselves this oncePerur is brilliant in being that proverbial fly on the wall observing without passing judgement remarking with amazing wit and insight often turning his gaze inwards when looking out at the places he s travelling and the people he s travelling with Theiversity in the tours means that there s enormous variety in both the experiences
in the travel companions entertaining enlightening us with anecdotes personal stories and perspectives While the book is a Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, delightful travelogue it s also thus a charming sociological portrait of India and her people My travel book binge this year continues with Srinath Perur s first a collection of travelogues about traveling in groups and I must say that Iidn t come to it with any great expectations And the first piece in the book sort of confirmed that for me I found the writing very ordinary the observations obvious and The Friend Zone didn t feel the need to read But I persisted and felt the book grow on me It took me a while to get used to the fact that the travel part in Perur s book is not about the places themselves but the people he was traveling with This isifficult for a reader like me to take because place as an idea is so important to me And that is why we read travelogues to get that sense of place writing can paint and evoke Just that this is a Flying Scotsman Manual different kind of bookEnjoyable it certainly became as we go on to Uzbekistan and Aditya Chopra s Europe you smile and laugh at the travelers and their uirks You know them so well you know what they are going too yet you enjoy it Though I can t for the life of me imagine going on a conducted tour to a hill stationPerur s writing is understated It Alpha (Shifters, doesn t shout or gather attention to itself it s just there He s a very good storyteller but I still believe that someepth in the pieces would have made them substance There are several places in the book when he gives you that little nudge that little push that makes you pause and smile But in the end the book is essentially about who we Indians are and become as we travel as we leave the comfort and familiarity of places we know and venture out together We reveal ourselves to be sometimes obnoxious sometimes carefree sometimes irritating sometimes plain stupid but always interesting travelers We re a complex layered people but the fact that so many of us choose to travel with others says something about us Like when in a bus in Europe we play Antakshari and always always sing Saare Jahan se Accha This was my secret Santa gift I enjoyed reading this a lot Never id I felt bored reading this with healthy mix of etails of people and places. The trail of Kabir; joining an ancient pilgrimage; and hunting for sex in Tashkent. Lly good to the persons explored through itThe parts I enjoyed the most were the author s retrospect on some of the tours Charlie Turns Into a T-Rex detailing on the people s motive and mindseturing the tour in contrast to the observed aftereffects and how they fared in life in a few yearsVery much recommended A most Graphic Design For Everyone delightful travelogue Thoroughly enjoyed reading this Travel books Are they a thing now that most of the travel we re getting is between our living and bed rooms If you re open to group tours and even open to the humour that s innate to escorted group tours I wholeheartedly recommend Srinath Perur s If It s Monday It Must Be Madurai A Conducted Tour of India Tenifferent places in its ten Considering Kate (The Stanislaskis, different chapters Perur touches upon the uirks of his co passengers as well as theirifferent reasons for embarking upon conducted tours In Travel writing as a genre had never really interested me I am fairly certain that the numerous English Comprehension tests I wrote in school that featured extraordinarily tiresome pieces on places around the world are to blame After I passed out I Sweetland d read very little travel writing and whatever I read I found to be too introspective and unnecessarily geographical for my taste if not boring Through the years I managed to maintain the same Art of Laurel and Hardy distance oneoes with ull but well meaning uncles with it far but somewhat friendly So I suppose it was slightly out of character that I picked up Srinath Perur s If It s Monday It Must Be Madurai a collection of ten travel essays based wholly on conductedgroup tours s If It s Monday It Must Be Madurai a collection of ten travel essays based wholly on conductedgroup tours author has taken It was one of the essays Memorial For The Victims Of Repression which was published as an excerpt in the Open Magazine that initially piued my interest in the book The essay featured his participating in a conducted sex tour to Uzbekistan Perur as the self appointed fly on the wall among a group of repressed Indian men is a joy to read What I particularly loved in that essay and as I would later find out the entire book was that he oes not pass judgment on any of his travel companions He merely observes but his observations bear the kind of extreme sincerity that toes on sarcasm and The Intelligent Entrepreneur delightfully so I laughed with this book in ways I have not laughed with a book in a very long time There are some paragraphs in his essay on a conducted tour of Rajasthan Desert Knowledge Camel College that are so hilarious that I read them a couple times for extra giggles The Grace of God an essay in which heescribes his experience travelling across Tamil Nadu on a temple tour made me reminisce about my own family s seemingly never ending temple trips on which I was a very reluctant attendee In Saare Jahaan Se Accha he takes on Europe with his Desi tour group Perur makes many earnest and thoroughly amusing observations about his group s uniuely Indian characteristics However one stood out for me that of the the foresight of some "OF THE MEMBERS WHO HAD PACKED "the members who had packed and food from home The reason it id was because it brought back a rather stark memory from a trip my family made to Hong Kong in 2010 where we wandered around Ocean Park hungry we were vegetarians and finding vegetarian food in ocean park was akin to finding the proverbial needle in a literal haystack for close to an hour until we bumped into a family who were kind enough to give us the food they hadAND IN THE TRAVEL COMPANIONS ENTERTAINING
packed from home for their trip Perur writes about taking a trip to the Northfrom home for their trip Perur writes about taking a trip to the North in According to Their Own Genius Reading the essay made me feel uite sad It seemed I was familiar with the places and culture iscussed in the essay about Europe than I was about places in my own country Real India Santa Claus Aa Rahe Hai and The Same Water Everywhere were good to read but Foreign Culture seemed a bit like a filler arrangement something that he wrote because he wanted a nice round number of essays in his book Incidentally Foreign Culture might just be the only essay among the ten where it seems the author actually had a holiday so you can t help but feel happy for him and his toddy induced stuporMy absolute favourite essay in the book was The Taste Of Sugar Perur undertakes a Wari the traditional walking pilgrimage to Pandarpur It is not often that you come across a piece of writing which balances being insightful and being side splittingly funny with as much grace as this essayIn all I cannot recommend If It s Monday It Must Be Madurai enough Read it for the places he s travelled to but importantly read it for the people he s travelled with I m guilty of initially judging this book as just a uick summary of touris. Ntains myriad riches of hanging on to a camel in the Thar; rediscovering music on.