Friday, October 7, 2016

Memoirs of Vadodara - Travel Experience

An attractive cover page, which will surely get your attention if you are going through bookshelf. 'Memoirs of Vadodara' by Gaurav Prabhu was won by my wife from Goodreads. Book takes you through Gaurav's long weekend journey.


Blurb of the book goes like this -
The book starts off with the author’s compelling need to break-free from the monotonous routine in Mumbai. As a pleasant surprise, the family schedules a trip to Vadodara which turns out to be a eye-opener. Ajit Kaka is the one-of-a kind person who takes the responsibility of ensuring the author’s family is left with the best of memories. From witnessing the city’s largest festival of Navratri to getting hands on local Gujarati food, the author narrates each of the episodes, giving you an easy ride to the place! The chronicles serve as a souvenir of happiness guided by the smallest yet profound experiences of the author. In the middle of these narrations, there are notes about life, penned while the author is in a self-discovery mode, sharing his thought process! Highlights being – Simplicity has its own charm and works wonders if you realize the worth. As the trip nears to an end, destiny springs a surprise.
Author, Gaurava, is working in IT firm; living in fast pace Mumbai city. Photography is passion; and he has taken it seriously. But still he was bored with life wanted a vacation from hassle-bustle of his retinue. Much to his surprise his family had arranged a trip to Vadodara in long weekend. His family stayed with Ajit Kaka one of the locals instead of hotel. In just three days of their visit, they made deep bonding with Ajit Kaka and their family. They enjoyed Gujarati food, Navaratri - Garba, Sight-seen. 

Book was too casual to look like a serious work. It finished before I can get grip on it. I have read other travel experience so I had more expectation from book. Anyways good try Gaurav.

Talking about ratings:
  1. Cover - 3 / 5 
  2. Language - 2.5 / 5 
  3. Content - 1.5 / 5 
  4. Concept - 2 / 5
  5. Overall - 2 / 5
Book can be found at - Amazon  & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads
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