A Voyage through the Echoes by Prakriti Singh is a beautifully written travel book. For sure, if any one of us taken a journey through India will definitely find the tagline most appropriate - A Journey through India to Be Remembered for Lifetime.
The narrator is a young college girl from Himachal Pradesh, pursuing Forestry degree at her college. The trip is arranged by her college department. Initially she was withdrawn toward the trip because of some emotional disturbance, well with peer pressure she gets on the trip and little did she realize that it’s going to be her life’s best trip she would ever made. College trips are fun and when they are on long routes…the heart goes gala…gala. This short book, full of travel experiences, is going to take you all on a fantastic trip that too through trains and at times by buses. Longer the journey, more the fun.
As the story chugs out of the narrator’s home place, we see many cities with them, with cultural and local heritage running like banter in the backdrop. Imagine so many cities in one trip: Dehradun, Mussoorie, Jodhpur, Mumbai, Goa, Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Hyderabad and many more. Who would forget this kind of trip?
Other than fun factor, there are other aspects that one has to deal while travelling, for example the narrator was passing through a rough-time in her relationship, she was engaged in a long distance relationship and her boyfriend was dominating and extra possessive about her. Because of him, she felt embarrassed, and at times, like a caged bird. She was so disturbed that she even tried committing suicide. Even to enjoy traveling, one needs to be free from emotional turmoil.
We also see that their journey was covering so many destinations and traveling smoothly in a country like India is not an easy task, especially they have to deal with internal factions, tickets confirmation status at times, train delays, adjustments with limited seats, and not to forget discrimination. Without giving away much, we can conclude that this book will definitely encourage you for travelling or it may help you in finding your travelling side. This travelogue teaches us how you will discover about yourself until you take up any trip. In the modern world where people take traveling as a break from humdrum city life or for digital nomads, this book is not only helpful from information’s point of view but also for inspiration.
The author has chosen a simple and lucid way of explaining events and places, and pictures in between add to the overall value of the book. Prakriti Singh is a fulltime travel blogger cum entrepreneur; probably it was this trip that helped her to evolve has a travel blogger, well you can always find more about her at her blog: www.pracreation.com