Thursday, November 10, 2016

Book Review: When Life Turns Turtle by Raj Supe

Title: When Life Turns Turtle- Journey of a Bollywood Tramp
Author: Raj Supe
Pages: 468
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
Genre: Spiritual-based Fiction

Getting the book:

When I got a request to review this book, there were three things that caught my eye- One, the word ‘Bollywood’ in the sub-title. Two, the summary that talked about a filmmaker travelling to Rishikesh. And three, the book’s genre: Spiritual-based Fiction. While the last one kind of put me off, the first two made sure I accepted the offer and soon enough, the book arrived at my place. Due to work pressure and a lot of other reasons, I kept delaying reading the book and finally was able to finish it this week.

The Story:

‘When Life Turns Turtle’ is the story of Indraneel, a successful filmmaker, and how one personal incident changes his life forever. For someone who accepts and leads a purely normal and materialistic life, suddenly life turns turtle. The struggle of finding himself and understanding his purpose of life leads him to leave the comfort of his home in Mumbai and move to Rishikesh for a break. What he doesn’t anticipate is the spiritual inflow that Rishikesh brings to him and his short break becomes a long stay that he doesn’t want to end. Life has its ways and Indraneel has to return to the city and continue doing what he does best- make films. That’s his karma. But does he return the same or a changed man? Will his newfound love for spiritualism help him grow in his career? Will life turn back to normal?

With ‘When Life Turns Turtle’ Raj Supe has tried to show a journey that so many of us in the current generation are seeking. It’s the search for the ultimate truth- what makes you happy? What keeps you going in life? What do you do when faced with the harshest of the truths? 

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Hostel Stay: Review of Backpacker Panda, Goa

Away from the hustle of the crowds, amidst trees and colourful villas, in the middle of a true Goan village but located less than half a kilometre from the main road, we were already in love with the location of the Backpacker Panda hostel before getting down from the scooties. More was yet to come.

Few months back I got a stay and review invitation from a chain of hostels called ‘Backpacker Panda’ at their Goa or Udaipur property. With a trip to Goa in the offing and my friends remaining undecided on the stay for the last two days, I offered that we try out the hostel scene in Goa. We anyways needed a place where we could simply dump our bags and go out, and so, the cheapest place with security was all we were actually looking for.

The main building of the Backpacker Panda Hostel in Candolim, Goa

The idea of staying in the hostel was well received by everyone and we went ahead with the bookings. One night stay for me was complimentary from Backpacker Panda. I was still a little apprehensive about ‘backpacking hostel stays’, having never experienced it and only having seen it in ‘Queen’. And I wasn’t really sure what idea of a ‘hostel’ my friends had and if the place would stand up to their expectation.

Well, let me just say, we were all impressed.
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