When Places Come Alive by Ami Bhat
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It's a fun, interesting and a quick read about all those exotic places you might have visited or will surely want to visit after reading this book by Ami Bhat who is a passionate traveler, photographer and an amazing narrator.
I finished reading this book in one sitting as most of you will.
Her writing is fluid and engaging and she knows exactly how much time and talk is to be devoted to each story without letting you keep the book down.
It reminded me of the tour guides at all tourist places who hold your interest with stories that you might have heard but they have the knack of spicing them up with their own creativity.
The basic premise that Ami Bhat has based her stories on is that every popular place has some myth, legend or very interesting history associated with it. In this book she narrates the best myth by giving it her own spin followed by a short fact sheet of the place and links for additional reading if you wish.
She takes the reader on ten different trips to ten fascinating destinations, both National and International.
My personal favourites are (in no particular order) -
1. Where did she go - in Kuldhara, Rajasthan, India (famous as the abandoned village)
2. Sparkling Secrets - Gold Coast, Australia (fun treasure hunt)
3. The Last village - Ladakh, India (Aryan descendants)
The other seven too are fascinating and fun reads but the above three appealed to me due to personal reasons.
A must read for all travelers or even wannabe travelers!
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