'A journey of thousand miles must begin with a single step .. .'
Drawing on the riveting anecdotes of a solo Indian woman traveller, Notes from a Spanish Diary is a personal account of discovering the aura and flavour of Spain. Munching on the local cuisine and rambling along the lanes of Spanish history and culture, Ranjita Biswas has unfolded her indomitable experiences of travelling beyond her comfort zone, making this book an excellent choice for a tourist as well as an armchair traveller.
The author, in her very own journalistic style, has set forth her chronicles of Spain-her stories are poignant and tender, familiar and bizarre. The book may even send you off on your own adventure as you turn the pages and find her ambling on the trail of Flamenco and Mudejar art in Andalusia, discovering the stark resemblances of the Moorish architecture at Granada with that of Egyptian, Persian, Roman, Greek and even Japanese art forms, and savouring a paella of flavours at the fascinating cities of Barcelona and Madrid.
Ranjita Biswas is an independent journalist, fiction and travel writer, and translator. She contributes to national and international publications on gender issues, development, health, film, travel, and art and culture. Ranjita is an award winning translator of fiction, who has won KATHA translation awards several times and her work has featured in their collections. She also has to her credit five published works in translation.
Folktales from Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh is her collection of retold stories from the rich folktale tradition of North East India.
|Preamble to the Travelogue||9|
|A paella of flavours: barcelona, Madrid, Toleldo, Segovia||13|
|Anadalusia: On the trail of flamenco and mudejar art||74|
|Granda and Cordoba: East meets West||114|
|Northward to the Bay of Biscay||146|
|Santiago de Compostela: Pilgrim's progress||197|
Item Code: NAN847 Author: Ranjita Biswas Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2017 Publisher: Niyogi Books ISBN: 9789386906014 Language: English Size: 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch Pages: 303 (81 Color Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 525 gms