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Two Wheels in the Dust: From Kathmandu to Kandy
     

Two Wheels in the Dust: From Kathmandu to Kandy

by Anne Mustoe
 

This is the finest travel writing: Anne Mustoe's phenomenal journey is full of rich experiences and enlightening incidents. Beginning in Kathmandu in Nepal and ending in the tranquil town of Kandy in Sri Lanka, her journey follows in the path of The Ramayana's characters, Rama, Sita and Hanuman. The book is packed with anecdotes and beautifully written episodes

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This is the finest travel writing: Anne Mustoe's phenomenal journey is full of rich experiences and enlightening incidents. Beginning in Kathmandu in Nepal and ending in the tranquil town of Kandy in Sri Lanka, her journey follows in the path of The Ramayana's characters, Rama, Sita and Hanuman. The book is packed with anecdotes and beautifully written episodes of her marvelous adventures. It is a delight for aspirant and seasoned travelers alike and, with the Indian subcontinent as the focus of the book, the spiritual aspects of her travels are explored in detail - as is the breath taking scenery. Featuring a map of her route and her own photographs, this is a story with humor, keen observation and the relish of the open road.

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Publishers Weekly
Who better than a redoubtable English headmistress to teach Americans about The Ramayana, a venerable hallmark text of Hinduism that still animates contemporary Indian culture? And from the seat of a bike, to boot. Mustoe, a 60-something "pensioner" (retiree) whose legs and lungs must be as enviably developed as her sense of adventure, follows by bicycle the route across India taken by the fabled prince Rama, hero of the ancient Hindu epic poem. Mustoe, who has chronicled her global bicycle voyages in Lone Traveller and A Bike Ride, descends from the mountains of Nepal, birthplace of Rama's wife Sita, and meanders her way (occasionally by local train or plane) across the subcontinent to Sri Lanka, where the virtuous Rama and his 10-headed opponent, Ravana, fought their decisive battle. Mustoe's travel narrative parallels her exposition of the Hindu saga. The stories together comprise a vivid travelogue of India from the perspective of a sympathetic outsider who observes how the nation's deeply rooted faith and social practices make it a unique paradox of ancient and modern. Black-and-white pictures and a map are helpful. Readers interested in travel may appreciate bike and luggage specifications; those curious about Hinduism may long, however, for a glossary to keep the Hindu pantheon and Ramayana characters straight. (Jan.) Forecast: The popularity of Bruce Feiler's Walking the Bible as well as the vogue in spiritual travel books may generate extra publicity mileage for this idiosyncratically chatty combination of travel and religion. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781852279264
Publisher:
Virgin Books
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.29(d)

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