Friday, July 18, 2014

The Journey Home - Book reviewed

The Journey HomeThe Journey Home by Radhanath Swami
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A well paced book that every traveller will revel in.
This book reinforces the fact that all travellers travel to discover themselves and that every place that is visited leaves an imprint on the soul of the traveller.
No traveller returns with an untouched soul from any trip.
In this autobiography Radhanath Swami (nee Richard) talks about his travels in search of a Guru who will assist him in discovering his self and ultimately that spot which will resolve every conflict in the mind.
Richard a Jewish boy from Chicago decides to embark on this great adventure in the 1970s when the hippie movement is at its peak. He writes about his travel and travails while hitchhiking half way around the world through England, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and finally India.

The book is divided into 4 parts:
1) Journey to the East
2) Mother India
3) Himalayan Pilgrimage
4) Forest of Grace

A book for every genuine traveller! Spiritual or not! It gives a peep into different cultures of the world without being judgmental.
The author is the Swami who started the mid day meals for poor children in schools in the slums and setting up of the Bhaktivedanta Hospital. This was his fulfillment of a promise that he had given to the immigration officer who had viewed him sympathetically and let him enter India when he did not have the requisite money on him as required by Immigration regulations.

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  1. I LOVED this review... am bound to love it.. First its lucid with points and second the book is about travelling that too a great one! I HAVE to get it somehow :( :/ whats the correct expression for frustration ?

    1. Thank you Kokila :)
      It is available of Flipkart for 199/-

  2. Thanks for this review in short and sweet words. Will surely try to read this book when possible...

    1. A pleasure Sindhu Devi. You will surely enjoy it

  3. Hari OM
    One to add to my shopping list!! Thanks for the review. YAM xx

  4. I also need advice of you people for the tours to cuba. Many people suggested not visiting there. But when I Google about the country, I finally came out with only Cuba to make my vacation spot. It is cheap and beautiful place. Just need to know about available flights to Cuba from Mexico.