In The Footsteps Of Rama: Travels with the Ramayana
From the Back Cover:
Vikrant Pande and Neelesh Kulkarni’s quest to retrace the trail of Rama’s fabled travels during his years in exile began with their trying to locate Chitrakoot on the map and realizing that they had little idea where it might be. Curious about the places mentioned in the Ramayana, they set off on a journey of their own, following Rama’s route from Ayodhya to the Dandakaranya forest and Panchavati (near Nashik) and on to Kishkindhya (close to Hampi), Rameshwaram and Sri Lanka.
Along the way they would discover how closely the narrative of the Ramayana is linked to local folklore, and how the stories of the Ramayana and the moral framework that binds them together still speaks to the people who live in the land across which Rama, Sita and Lakshman made their journey.
For the armchair traveller as well as the enthusiast for epic tales, this is a wonderful book with which to revisit the world of the Ramayana.
About the Author:
“Vikrant Pande has translated twelve Marathi bestsellers into English. His translation of Girish Kuber’s book Tatayan (published in English as The Tatas: How a Family Built a Business and a Nation) won the prestigious Gaja Capital Best Business Book award in 2019. A graduate of IIM Bangalore, Vikrant is a full-time writer now. Neelesh Kulkarni is an entrepreneur who has been running his own company for over thirty-five years. He is a theatre and voiceover artist with over fifty years of experience, an avid reader and traveler, a poet, a cricket commentator and a public-speaking coach. He lives in Delhi with his artist wife.”
Angel Wings: Paw-Prints on Three Continents
About the Book:
“His eyes are talking to me” – with these words, Zen entered the lives of his two humans in Singapore in 2016. A few months later, the author, his wife, and Zen, their one-year-old Labrador Retriever, relocated to Stanford University. In the summer of 2017, the trio set off on a two-month, 10,000 miles road trip across America covering 29 states. Angel Wings – Paw-prints on Three Continents is a humorous narration of Zen’s adventures and misadventures. Told from his unique perspective and inimitable style – ardent, conversational, and touching. He encounters a security robot in Mountain View with hilarious consequences, bonds with a burly Harley biker in Custer City, and meets a grizzly bear in Glacier National Park. The meaningful connection he enjoys with his humans’ surfaces time and again. It is a story of making new friends and learning new skills while on a journey to understand America’s culture and history. An easy, engaging read about how a dog-loving nation embraced a goofy pup and his human companions. A moving travelogue of the heart, a lovely elegy, and an emphatic testament to how a beloved friend makes every journey richer, every road shorter, and all goodbyes bittersweet. Zen takes his rightful place alongside Gareth Stein’s Enzo, John Grogan’s Marley, and John Steinbeck’s Charley, as a rich canine adventurer full of empathy and understanding, who will show you places you thought you already knew well, and will make you wish you had gone there with him.” – John W Evans, author of Young Widower: A Memoir and The Consolations
About the Author:
Abhi Patwardhan shares a spiritual connection with dogs. After a successful corporate career with Hewlett Packard, Heinz and Marico, he went to the Stanford DCI program and now has an encore career as a life design coach. He enjoys writing, sailing, road trips, and has traveled to 45 countries. He and his wife Anju have lived in San Francisco, and Mumbai and now live in Singapore with their pup, Zoom. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management and Stanford DCI.