Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Book review

ALOHA Where You Like Go? Driving to Satisfaction in a Honolulu TaxiALOHA Where You Like Go? Driving to Satisfaction in a Honolulu Taxi by Cloudia Charters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent insight into living in Hawaii. Cloudia explains the meaning behind 'Aloha' giving a deeper meaning to the lives of natives.
She also shows how close knit the natives are and are very skeptical of outsiders almost amounting to xenophobia. This despite tourism and tourists being the mainstay of their economy.
The locals are very wary of their culture getting corrupted by crass commercialism and hence the tightly knit community do not accept outsiders easily as one of their own. But of course outsiders or tourists are not ill treated but the relationship is kept at arm's length forever.
This book also is a beautiful account of a girl coming in from Philadelphia and growing up in Hawaii in her quest for independence.

The book is a wonderful read if you like to read about different cultures and human relationships that are almost spiritual.

I highly recommend it.

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  1. I shall try it into flipkart. who is the publisher anyway?

    1. You will get it on Amazon.in http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B00AZ62OXU/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=goodreads_in-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00AZ62OXU&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

  2. Thanks for the review... I really like books which offer great story along with an opportunity to look and feel some other country/place/race/culture. Big Thanks!

    1. A pleasure Kokila. Am sure you will love this one!