An Indian Backpacker's Diary: Wandering, One Gathers Honey!
Internationally praised, ‘An Indian Backpacker’s Diary’ is a captivating travelogue that flows directly from the meticulously maintained diaries of the author who had recorded his experiences as a traveller across borders, countries and societies. Its simple language and vivid portrayal of destinations, interaction with people, and their culture bring alive the world’s exotic scenarios for the reader to perceive and feel the vivacity of the happenings. The author flew to Afghanistan from New Delhi in 1975 and from there he backpacked for months traversing across several countries of Europe. He crossed even the Arctic Circle from Sweden and reached Nord Kapp (Norway), the northern most point of the world towards North Pole. In 2012, at the youthful age of 66 plus, he took another backpacking trip for 80 days when International Youth Hostel Federation (or ‘Hostelling International’ as it is known now) completed 80 years of its formation. This travel took him to 22 countries, even as he had not researched the route or the border crossings nor made any reservations for stay or travel. He had virtually put himself in a black hole. But the result was wonderful! He was welcomed everywhere he went – loved and feted by unknown people of unknown places. The book provides readers an insight into the essentials that would make even the first-time travellers’ experience most enjoyable, highly informative, adventurous and thrilling. The author has suggested many innovative ideas of transportation and stay viz, ‘youth hostels’, PG, camping, multi-tiered modes of travel including hitchhike, rides, ships, boats, buses, shared cabs, trains and airways. Dr Harish Saxena has had amazing travel experiences of the World full of nature’s bounty and beauty, and its people with their compassion and understanding, boosting hope for universal peace and harmony.