23 July, 2022

Favorite Book of 2022 So far ... #BlogchatterBlogHop

I haven't read a lot of books this year but this book stands out from all the books that I completed so far this year.

Inner Trek - A Reluctant Pilgrim in the Himalayas by Mohan Ranga Rao 

What's the book about?

The book is a travel memoir of a businessman to Mt.Kailash. Mt.Kailash is considered holy and the utmost spiritual journey for Hindus. But, Ranga Rao is a reluctant pilgrim as he takes this trip with his wife seeking an adventure.

An adventurous trip indeed! Trekking for 3 days reaching an elevation of 18,000 ft above sea level with fewer oxygen levels is not a hike for an un-fit person. But, more than this adventure and danger, the author observes the magnificence of Mt.Kailash. This parikrama/trek around Mt.Kailash changes him forever. 

The author mentions that he feels insignificant and small before the majestic mountains. The experience is once in a lifetime for him. This trip makes him experience spiritual elevation within. 

Why do I like it?

I am not usually up for non-fiction books. Either they become too preachy or become tedious if the author doesn't show genuine feelings. I have read many such books before.

But, this one is different. The book is not preachy. Though the author writes about his knowledge and research about Mt. Kailash, he doesn't boast about his knowledge or fitness, or talent. I like that more than anything else in this book. The narration is like a conversation with a person we know and is easy to follow. 

I loved reading about Mt. Kailash and why it is revered in many other religions. I am happy to learn about trekking in the Himalayas, problems one might face, the fitness level required, and the mental balance that one needs to participate in such trips. 

My Rating is 5/5

You can read my complete review here.

Here is the link from Amazon if you wish to purchase the book.


Until next time,

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