(A Motorcycle Journey to the High Himalayas)
by Ajit Harisinghani
Anant gifted me this book before pushing-off to MI - "I got it Anant, you want to help me get inspired and start tripping". "Naa Bhai, not just that, there is more which comes along with riding. Read the book and you'll know what I mean!" - And I read the book.
And reading the book was an Awesome Experience! Yes, it was an event in itself. Again, it's not just about the bike.
OLtR is not just a book -
> its an appreciation of India, it's diverse geographies and traditions.
> its an inspiration for someone who is new to riding.
> its a travelogue for ones who like to travel & explore.
> its a diary-entry of a Doctor, a Citizen and last but not the least, a Bulleter!
The book captures all the small-big things you'd pass by on a highway, all those things which an Indian will see and witness for sure. A pinch of spirituality, humor and culture has been blended fairly well. You start reading OLtR and you'll feel as if you are the pillion of Ajit's RE. You can sense the thump, feel the bumps and breathe in the atmosphere...all the places, people and roads jump out of the book and make you feel standing with him, then-n-there. He has beautifully described what goes on in your mind when you ride through the dry-roads, city, traffic, hills, along the lakes and points when you are told that the next petrol station is a hundred kilometer away. Its truly liberating an experience, you must try reading these 4300Kms.
Otherwise, I would recommend you to take yourself out periodically, with whatever-you-drive to the place where your soul feels alive and regains the freshness > be it a place to worship, a near-by green park, a coffee shop, top of a fly-over or a college play-ground.
And just-in-case you happen to receive an idea of setting-off for a long ride, let me know.