Wanderlust – A strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world 🌎
In the 21st century – wanderlust is easy to give in to – with budget flights, GPS tracking systems, homestays, travel hostels & of course, Google Maps.
gave in to wanderlust almost 50 years ago & together with his cousins Kumar & Vidula hitchhiked his way through 15 countries on a shoestring budget. The three youngsters travelled from Nagpur to Central Europe & back in 1971 & came back with some epic tales of love, friendship, trust & joy.
It is this adventure that has been detailed in Kale’s debut book “It was a Happy, Trusting World, Then". Pierced together from his intricately detailed diary entries & interspaced with original photographs taken on the trip and watercolours on the regions visited by the cousins, this book is a delight for those who have an urge to see the world, and see it as a panacea for their own lives of daily drudgery.
Coming from post-independence India, the travelers were rightly stunned to see the developments in the Western World – the roads, the infrastructure, the public transport systems, etc. Glimpses are given of every city that they visited, less poetic & more factual.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this novel is that the travel was done with limited resources & they were welcomed by strangers with open hearts, with Bollywood and Raj Kapoor being a great unifying factor. This in itself explains the title – it was a happy, trusting world then, unlike now!
The youngsters went hungry on several days, couldn’t make calls to friends & family so relied on letters that reached them in roundabout ways & were also offered free visas when officials heard of their adventurous embarking.
The 110 page book published by @writeplacepub
& the whole premise of a trip like Kale undertakes with his friends reinforces one’s faith in humanity, over & above everything else. An excellent read for those who have ever been or hope to be bitten by the travel bug!
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