Saturday, 8 November 2014

Bucket list of a Traveloholic by Sarika Pandit: a review

Sarika Pandit in her debut travelogue ‘Bucket List of a Traveloholic’ has surely made a mark in this world of writing. In the era of fiction and different genres of it hitting the market, Sarika has taken the road less travelled by choosing Travel as her genre in the first book. With a quirky cover picture, this book is sure to catch the attention of the readers.

According to the blurb- While B-School batch mates are busy scrambling for top jobs and grades, a restless Sarika dreams of putting on her running shoes and having all the pages of her passport stamped by the age of thirty. What follows is a frenzied quest of not just collecting stamps but ticking off items off her ever-expanding bucket list: From learning the local language in Spain to an alcohol trail through Greece; from a tryst with Shakespeare and Jane Austen in the United Kingdom to an encounter with the Vampire in Romania; from straddling the border of two countries in the Middle East to a road trip through Morocco to the Sahara; each experience bringing her a little closer to reaching that final destination on her passport. A journey of falling in love with globetrotting- this one promises to be one of the best roller-coaster reading experiences you will have this year.

Agreeing with the blurb I have to say that this book is surely a roller-coaster reading experience. And after reading the book I so feel like getting my passport stamped all the way. I loved the way the writer has narrated her incidents and the pictures along with the writings of all the places gives this book a very real feeling! One feels like he/she is in the book while reading it!

The prologue and the fact that these are real life incidents narrated in the book gives it a worth read tag. I specifically liked the way the titles of the chapters have been given in a very to the point way which tells the readers which country is famous for what and that surely makes the readers read the accounts with utmost interest.

Starting from Spain, to Egypt-UK-Khajuraho-Florence-Greece and more finally till Croatia bringing out the essence of all the places makes this book a must read. The accounts of all the places of how the authoress went from a place to the other, doing different stuff and visiting different places are sure to catch the readers’ eyes.

These special moments in the book with the authoress’s pictures along with the must visit places makes this a very interesting read. Along with all the plus points of the book, I found a few flaws. A few wouldn’t be a good word cause the flaws were very less. I felt that there could’ve been more descriptions to a few and less descriptions to another few. I also felt that certain chapters failed to keep the interest to that much level like the other chapters have kept. Apart from that, I wanted to read more of the travel accounts but sure to the end of the book I wanted to travel and that’s it! For me, the book is 4 out of 5.

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