Kerala Hugged: A Travelogue (Munnar/Kochi/Alleppey/Varkala)

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Ankur Mutreja, Nov 13, 2016 - Travel - 60 pages

In a borderless world, all would be travelers indeed. India is a small borderless world in itself, and Kerala lies at the southernmost tip. I live almost near the lovely Kashmir, but does that make Kerala any less lovely! This book is indeed author's baby born out of his love of nature.


"Writing books is the closest men ever came to having children." --Norman Mailer


Kerala is beautiful not only because of "God" but also because of the people who have made Kerala their home. The author went there as a parasite in the disguise of a tourist and sucked all he could in a short span of 23 days. But did anybody ever complain? No, never. The Keralans believe the joy multiplies by sharing, and hereby the author emulate them.


The book is divided into four chapters concentrated on four famous locations in Kerala: Munnar, Kochi, Alleppey and Varkala. The author's experience in Munnar has been presented as a love story, albeit with nature. Kochi is where the author enlivened and discovered himself as a younger person, and the experience is shared in a canvas of activities involving art, history, luxury, people and sports. Alleppey is known for its backwater cruises; however, the author experienced it as an intriguing world so very different and exciting, climaxing into a thrilling snake boat race experience. Varkala is a place to relax, so did the author, but a bit differently; and the difference is author's unique experience shared with the readers.

 

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As a mallu guy born and bought up in Kerala. I appreciate his work because its a beautiful travelogue.Really enjoyed it. The author speaks about the places in detail and the color pictures shared in the book make his descriptions vivid and real, and help readers connect well with the places and his words.Yes, the book fulfilled its promise and after reading it in two sittings, I can say that it is an engrossing read … it doesn’t pretend to be profound, but it takes you along on a merry ride across kerala...! 

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This travelogue is a great idea, and I picked it up because I am fascinated by the beauty of Kerala and the author's love for nature seemed like an interesting read. At some places, I found there was an immaturity of style. But overall this book was beautifully written and very much interesting.

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Contents

About the Author
Enliven
Learn
Relax
Epilogue
Copyright

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About the author (2016)

Ankur Mutreja is a writer by choice and an advocate by profession, which choice he exercises best while writing on travel. Though he has been writing on travel in piecemeal manner, this book is his first travelogue. He has also been writing on other varied topics for last more than a decade through his blogs, which are accessible from his website. In 2015, he converted his blogs into a book entitled "Writings @ Ankur Mutreja" and derived three other titles from it: "Sparks: Satire and Reviews", "Flare: Opinions (Law, Human Rights and Politics)", and "Light: Philosophy". He has also published a short book of poems entitled "Nine Poems" in the same year. His main areas of interest in the writing arena are Travel, Reviews, Satire, Poems, Opinions and Philosophy. Of course, other than these, he does lots of legal writing too. 

Other than writing and travel, Ankur likes books, music, news, internet, and jogging, and recently he has rekindled his love for biking. Ankur doesn't open up easily, but on peeling a few difficult layers, he may turn out to be a sweet, soft pulp -- it depends entirely on you; he just reflects. Try your luck at:

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