Mansarovar, the enchanted, ethereal lake, may figure on many a bucket
list. But going there on bicycles ...? It was a wild idea, meticulously
planned, that went 'flat' from day one! In this engaging travelogue
chronicled by a chatty bicycle, nine cycles are ridden, helter-skelter to
this amazing destination, supported ably by a junk-food gobbling,
gossiping and giggling bunch of five.
The storyteller cycle revels in the beauty of the land that is Tibet, imbibes
the elements of nature right up to the parikrama of Mount Kailash, soaks
up the enthralling history of the place, and sponges in the geography to
present a sometimes philosophical, but mostly graphical, tickled and
peppy account of the trip.
The view and narrative from the surface of the winding, windy, dusty,
sunny Tibet roads, climbing inexorably to high mountain passes, and
plunging into Shangri-La valleys, will roll you into another world. Here
cultures clash, temperatures plummet, comforts shrivel, friendships
blossom, and spirits acquire wings.
Come savour the 'high life' to Lord Shiva's abode, on wheels!
Anita likes to describe herself as 'an officer and a gentle mom'. She
is a bureaucrat and belongs to the Indian Administrative Service.
Her favorite pastimes include, reading, indulging her husband
and kids, lording over the TV remote for watching sundry films
and serials, and laughing at her own follies through the medium
of columns that she has been writing for some English dailies. She
has co-authored two books with Atul, her husband - Think Everest
(2010) and Everest - Same Path, Different Peak (2016).
Anurita began her journey in journalism at 21 with The Indian
Express and left day-to-day writing at the Times of India's Ahmedabad
Mirror after close to two illustrious decades. Some special features
for India Today as well as exclusive interviews with celebrities
for the web later, she took up offers to teach school and college
students the fine art of writing and editing. An aesthete, Anurita
enjoys listening to tales and experiences. She curates and infuses
life in narratives and believes stories must be told.
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