To all those bookworms out there, this section is exclusively chalked out to review some of the best travel, lifestyle, beauty, food, shopping and a bit of tech related books and magazines. Someone rightly said that books are our best friends. Trust us, it is cent percent true. Let’s review 5 Travel related books today.

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Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway

Are you travelling or planning a travel to Spain??? Then you gotta read this book. This book essentially covers the art of bullfighting & Spanish culture. It is a nice work of detailing what bull fighting is. Hemingway’s forte 
lies in the sense of feeling you get when you hear the truth, but not just the truth.

The book contains many details on technique, history of bullfighters and cities of Spain. Hemingway does tell us in the book that going beyond a certain chapter without knowledge of bullfighting will not be helpful.

Just like you should not see a bullfight from up close first in Madrid, you should not read this book first if you have not read Hemingway before. You will get the essence of the book better, if you research a bit about Bull Fighting before reading the book.

The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

V.S.Naipaul is considered to be a modern day pioneer in travel writing. He went beyond the conventional boundaries of travel writing and created what we would call as Travel Writing to include accute observations, sweeping abstractions of history, biting criticism and critical commentary on the societies that he traveled.

Paul’s views on India and the Muslim nations of Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia may have sounded prophetic
for a while but today India is an enormously different picture of what Naipaul may have thought it would be and so is the case with the other countries that he so confidently commented about.

You will love the brilliant opening where the author mentions” I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it. The early train takes you past people and discovered laundering like felons rehearsing – Pakistanis charging their sodden clothes with sticks, Indians trying to break rocks by slapping them with the wet Dhotis, 
grimacing Ceylonese wringing out their lungis.

Some of the descriptions of the trains and their role in the larger scheme of things are the most beautiful topical
passages that we have ever read: The trains in any country contain the essential paraphernalia of the culture: Thai
trains have the shower jar with the glazed jar on its side, Ceylonese ones: the car reserved for Buddhist monks,
Indian ones: a vegetarian kitchen and six classes, Iranian ones: prayer mats, Malaysian ones: a noodle stall,
Vietnamese ones: bulletproof glass on the locomotive, and on every carriage of a Russian train there is a samovar.

Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin

This is one of the most in-depth books on Burma till date. The book is simultaneously a political analysis on Burma, a literary study of George Orwell’s work, and an intoxicating travelogue.

With FINDING GEORGE ORWELL IN BURMA, Larkin gives the reader an Orwell inspired window upon a garrison state most
outsiders know too little about. Her amazement about Burma as a country asks the questions, how can such lush 
landscapes everywhere camouflage the brutal oppression of 50 million people?

Larkin’s quest-which includes answering that question-picks up a number of threads, many of them tying back, of
course, to Orwell’s definitive insights into 20th Century totalitarianism. While Larkin doesn’t try to solve
Burma’s political dilemma, she does comprehensively review how,in a not too infrequent pattern, Burma went
post-colonial, only to stumble and free fall for a kleptocratic, oppressive regime.

When We Were Orphans by Kazou Ishiguro

This mystery novel will take you to the depths of Shanghai in the 1900’s and London in the 1930’s, as esteemed detective Christopher Banks searches for his parents, who had disappeared when he was a child. It is a startling book which includes loss, ambition, and the power of memory.

Despite each part being set on a particular day and in a particular place, the book is one of reminiscences, a
constant looking back in order to fit together a puzzle that dominates Banks’ life. The book is full of memories
and things thought forgotten, carefully dredged up and considered as Banks cautiously recounts his life-story.

Banks is a detective, and the great mystery in his life is the disappearance of his parents. The book begins in 
the calm of England, as Banks first recounts the time shortly after he graduated from Cambridge and he moved to 
London, certain of his calling: to become a detective. Banks remains an outsider all his life, a detective  
dispassionately peering into various worlds. The truth behind his parents’ disappearance lies in Shanghai, and
Banks must ultimately return there – though it is perhaps no coincidence that he does soonly after learning Sarah
Hemmings means to go there. Answers are not easy to come by in war-torn Shanghai, and the world there is not quite as Banks would like to see it. Shanghai is at war, Japanese troops everywhere, but Banks forces his way through in search of his goal. One significant character from Banks’ youth appears to crop up in the guise of a soldier in Shanghai in 1937, and Banks saves him.

A majority of reviewers who mention this incident apparently believe the figure to be who Banks’ believes it to be, while others interpret Banks’ identification essentially as mere wishful thinking.

Four Corners: Into the Heart of New Guinea-One Woman’s Solo Journey by Kira Salak

An inspiring read for women travelers, as Kira Salak proves that gender is not a barrier for a life of risk and adventure. It is both a story of survival and a personal reflection on a life lived without borders. Kira Salak 
wasn’t some professional explorer with the backing of a nation and years of experience in danger and true life
adventure.

Stubborn, dedicated, with the pounding pulse of the need to move in her veins, Salak went forward with her plan. This could have been just one more nicely written “Aren’t I amazing” stories if it weren’t for Salak’s choice of 
adventure. Salak’s destination, her ability to get herself out of what could be life threatening jams, and her
belief in herself and her instincts make FOUR CORNERS a fascinating and completely thrilling story of adventure

No matter where she is, Salak seems to have never forgotten why she was so turned on by the thrill of this
particular journey — the constant travails, the inhospitable terrain, mountains to climb, endless rains to
withstand — and she is constantly referring to the thoughts she finds deep within herself as she pushes both her
mental and physical selves to the brink of disaster time and again.

FOUR CORNERS is not so much a great travel book as it is a thrilling adventure story of a young woman on the  
precipice of her adult life, testing her limits and finding none, questioning her intents and finding only a deep
and abiding purpose.