Book Review – Tso and La, A Journey In Ladakh – Vikramajit Ram

images-2I am sucker for travelogues. Though, I haven’t read many books based on travel but on the internet, I have read a lot of travelogues in the form of ¬†blogs, notes, tweets and team-bhp is one website where you find ample stories about people’s travel experiences, their learnings and you see different places through their eyes. Leh, Ladakh are the places that fascinate everyone. Almost everyone I know wants to go and experience these places. Even I want to go there and may be in near future I will.

For me, a good travelogue is all about good narration spiced up with pictures, conversations and learnings & experiences. Vikramajit Ram’s Tso and La never fell short on my expectations and I absolutely loved reading it. The book is an account of a road trip he made to Ladakh with his friend Manoj Bawa aka Man in their Pajero aka Mr. P.Singh. Started from Bangalore and drove all the way to Ladakh and back. Vikramajit has ensured that he tells everything that he did on the trip. Witty and quirky almost all the time, the author has maintained the essence of the travelogue with the minutest possible details about people they met, place they visited, food they ate and troubles they faced including tips and tricks to survive at various places.

Conversations between Manoj and Vikramajit were hilarious and the constant banter between them is what added to the book’s flavour. Manoj’s one liners are something that would easily crack you up and Vikramajit’s descriptions about people, places and various things will keep tickling your funny bone from time to time. I wish the pictures given in the book were more scattered and came up when the author was describing a place, I wanted more pictures. Pictures help in understanding the outlook of the person in a much better way.

But overall, the book is a fantastic and light read. If you wish to know more about Ladakh, the tourist attractions and the places that would fascinate you, I strongly recommend Tso and La by Vikramajit Ram. He has successfully managed to paint the views and sights of place through this words. Give this book a shot. It can also help you as a guidebook to explore the places in the way it should be.

Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Harper Collins
Genre : Non-Fiction, Travel
ISBN : 978-93-5029-362-1

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