There Are Other Rivers: On Foot Across India

There Are Other Rivers On Foot Across India Alastair Humphreys walked across India from the Coromandel Coast to the Malabar Coast following the course of a holy river Walking alone and spending the nights sleeping under the stars in the home

  • Title: There Are Other Rivers: On Foot Across India
  • Author: Alastair Humphreys
  • ISBN: 9781467987394
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alastair Humphreys walked across India, from the Coromandel Coast to the Malabar Coast, following the course of a holy river Walking alone and spending the nights sleeping under the stars, in the homes of welcoming strangers or in small towns and villages, he experienced the dusty enchantment of ordinary, real India on the smallest of budgets There Are Other Rivers tellsAlastair Humphreys walked across India, from the Coromandel Coast to the Malabar Coast, following the course of a holy river Walking alone and spending the nights sleeping under the stars, in the homes of welcoming strangers or in small towns and villages, he experienced the dusty enchantment of ordinary, real India on the smallest of budgets There Are Other Rivers tells the story of the walk through an account of a single day as well as reflecting on the allure of difficult journeys and the eternal appeal of the open road Nominated for National Geographic s Adventurer of the Year Reviews for previous books Believe me, he can write, and rather well Geographical.displays a tendency for Big Hairy Audacious Goals that is almost unnerving Treehugger This book has it all it s a great travel read, a look into the human soul and how most people, given enough determination, could attempt something like this No expensive equipment or fastest, strongest, quickest just a brilliant, understated story Simply outstanding If you prefer the comfort of your armchair these books will still stir your imagination and curiosity for the world An absolute must read or any passionate traveller GoodReads Wow another great book by Alastair Humphreys One of the best adventure travel books I ve read.

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    1. Alastair Humphreys Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the There Are Other Rivers: On Foot Across India book, this is one of the most wanted Alastair Humphreys author readers around the world.

    2. I'm one of those people who devour adventure books because vicariously I can be out there experiencing it too. In this book Alastair takes us on an internal journey as much as describing parts of his walk across India. It resonated with me deeply in parts, the need to be someone extraordinary, the desire to shed all physical possessions and just exist simply. I identify with the need to keep moving - I move every few years but I'm not as brave as Alastair. I also fell in love with India when I t [...]

    3. I got this direct from the author and it arrived as a welcome Xmas gift! I got a book and a large fold out leaflet that the author has called a mappazine. I'm not sure if you get both when you order from or if you have to get them separately, I'll review them individually and update when I get a confirmation either way from the author.4 stars if you get both together and 3 and a bit if they are separate. 10 out of 5 for sheet effort though and be careful as you may end going on your own journey [...]

    4. Alastair's latest book sees him in trekking solo across India, but this is not your typical backpacker tale. The fact that it's set in India and Alastair follows the Kaveri river is irrelevant. This is a book about what drives Alastair to seek out new adventures and tough challenges. This is not a prescriptive guide to trekking along side one of India's holy rivers, but a touching human story about the urge to free the mind from the clutter of modern life and hark back to a more humble, simple t [...]

    5. This is another 5* book by Alastair Humphreys great work! As Alastair notes, this is not a linear book of his travels across India but the experimental approach is refreshing and made continuous page turning through the book easy and pleasurable.Over the years I have read, and greatly enjoyed, a lot of books about adventure. They often fuel my imagination and power my dreams for weeks after they have been read. I'm not sure if it is because I share similar beliefs, or perhaps just a similar age, [...]

    6. In this short book, adventurer Humphreys takes his experiences from his walk across the southern portion of India and creates a magical, almost mystical day, from waking up in a dirty, shit smeared boarding room, to another one on the opposite coast. Choosing to walk along one of India's holy rivers, his day is presented through the prism of meditations on life and its meaning. This is one of the most beautiful books I've read in a while, and my highlighter got plenty of use along the way. Altho [...]

    7. I got this book free through First Reads.When I received this book I was keen to read it. The subtitle "On Foot Across India" hinted at some exotic travel memoir. As a bit of an armchair traveller it appealed to me. Then the author began: "is book is not a book about India." How can it not be about India? I didn't believe him. Perhaps I should have done. He should know. As I read on I realised that he was telling the truth, and I wondered if maybe it should have contained more about India. Howe [...]

    8. Frankly, boring. Doing "adventure" without really experiencing much adventure is not very inspiring. This book is not about adventure really, is not about India really, is not about the nature of human really. Is mostly about how doing something difficult is difficult and lots of vague rationalizing. Perhaps this trip just wasn't much interesting (given that author doesn't speak any Indian language, seems to know very little about India and picked India basically only to check another country of [...]

    9. I receieved this book and a large fold out leaflet that the author has called a mappazine from a win at , and having read another book by Alastair, i was looking forward to reading it. It is not the usual 'run of the mill' adventure story, as although it tracks his walk across India, it is not about the trek and surrounds, but more about his daily account of the grind of the walk and soul searching. Unique and wonderful, thank you

    10. This book is structured around a "typical day" as adventurer Alastair Humphreys walked through India along a holy river. He tangents off to reflect on things like sunsets, struggle, flabbiness, hunger and such as he goes along. Ends up being a good meditation on the open road and simple striving. Humphreys also is a pretty good writer and his ideas flow well as he moves along on his journey. Good read.

    11. Bought Kindle version on 2/12/2012.I appreciated this book - self-published by the author. He walks across India with everything he needs in his backpack. I expected a chronological story, much like his 2-volume cycling adventure. Instead, this was mostly an analysis of what motivates him to embark on hard adventures. A little different, but still well done.

    12. A inner journey trough the author beliefs. Of what drives a person to seek uncomfortable feelings, intertwine with the lure of the open endless road. Of what is like to be vulnerable and free while pursing your passions.The background might be his walk across India, but the central motif is universal in all facets of human adventure.Another great book from Alastair. Keep up the good work.

    13. Unusual style - some interesting insights and emotions but as he says, it's a bit of a brain dump rather than the story of his trek across India. I wanted a bit more story, but I did enjoy - and empathise immensely with - some of his musings about travel, solitude and life.

    14. Introverted book about Alastair Humphreys and why he has a desire to travel.Quite repetitive and meandering. Not really sure if I gained much from it except I now know the workings of Alastair Humphreys mind.Quick and easy read though. Nothing gained, nothing lost!

    15. It's a bit short, but if you don't feel inspired to go off on an adventure after reading it, then read it again.

    16. A gentle meditation on what it is that drives the author to seek out challenges and adventures, but imbued with lovely cameos of his encounters with the people he meets as he walks across India

    17. I throughly enjoy reading books by Alastair. I think many people can relate to his want to break from the mediocracy of everyday life but at the same time I think it is important to be grateful that we even have that choice in the first place. This is a short story and an easy read, I found myself wanting to know the locations of the places he was walking through so I could look them up to see for myself but I understand why he chose to keep these out. It reinforces that you do not require an ab [...]

    18. This is a nice account of Humphreys's travels across India, though they're more minute observations about his experiences than a tell-all. He makes allusions to tweets that he was maintaining while on this journey, which I do wish had been included, as I hadn't been aware of Humphreys when he made this trip. They tell a different aspect of his trip that I would also like to read without having to troll through old tweets (take note, Al!)I did enjoy the read, but I love Humphreys for his concept [...]

    19. Really get into his headSmall chapters that break down such a large journey into manageable chunks. Really enjoyed the book, it didn't pretend that every quest would have a TV finish and be the best trip ever taken. It showed the monotony and simple pleasures gained while pushing yourself

    20. What an odd little book. I didn't even realise till I read it at the end that it's meant to represent one day in his travels over India. Sorry to say it's very self indulgent and just goes on and on about why the author likes to go on solo adventures and not have to live a boring mundane life. Groan. I didn't learn anything new here- about the author or much about India either.

    21. The book was about embracing uncertainty and the authors' why behind thirst to do so. Liked reading about a day here and there across the Indian villages, towns and nature trails. Loved author's description of chai stalls, sweeping of roads, big kolams brought back pleasant memories of India

    22. Boring, repetitive and self-indulgent. And when he tells you upfront that this book is NOT about India, believe him. It’s all about and only about him. The only thing he seemed to share about India is that everyone eats curry everyday. Sorry, but just not my kind of book.

    23. I liked this little book. Often our journeys are more interesting in what goes on inside of us instead of making a mundane description of places and activities.

    24. Very nice short book Really enjoyed this short work, beautiful balance of authenticity, truth, and humour. And as always with A. H.'s written very well.

    25. 1. This is Alastair's first book that I've read and I enjoyed it thoroughly - I was captivated from the very first page.2. Mine is Kindle edition and while reading, I went to his website to explore more (photos, videos). After finished, I ordered another 2 signed copies in Mappazine format. 3. Being a solo traveller and nature sucker myself, I managed to relate a lot of things mentioned by Alastair. In my Kindle, this book by far has the most highlights (from quotes that I found interesting and [...]

    26. Alastair has an amazing knack for describing the inner turmoil that goes on in the mind of an adventurer in mid-adventure. Last week I recorded a podcast with him for The Adventure Podcast, and he summed it up like this: “Serial adventurers are willing to live on the basis of retrospective pleasures, which is having a truly miserable time in the hope that at some point in the indeterminate future you will be happy about the whole thing.” As no stranger to adventure myself, I can really relat [...]

    27. This is a great (small) book. I bought it after hearing Alastair being interviewed on the BBC. I have not read many travel books, so did not know what to expect, but I enjoyed reading it very much. It is more than a travel book, it is a sincere record of Alastair's thoughts and reflects as he walks across India. It is inspirational and made me think more than once, it sounds so simple, why don't I do that (or something similar but less onerous), but then reality would return. I would encourage a [...]

    28. Nice introspective companion to (in fact, substitute for) a travelogue piece: he wrote this instead of a regular post-adventure cash-in book. The author said wanted to get away from the daily diary aspect of a long trip and try and write about why he travels and what it means to his self-image. He did it via self publishing even though he has an agent and a paper publisher.I think the experiment paid off. His writing makes me like him as a person and I have travelled in similar places in India t [...]

    29. Such a beautifully written book. Alastair can write, you can tell that he's well read himself, I enjoyed the Steinbeck quotes at the beginning of each chapter. A poetic account of a days travel through India following a river.  I don't think this would have been the same book had it not been self published.  It has a rawness to it, that sweeps you along the dusty, hot riverside too, evoking the smell, and sights of India. A journey of coming to terms with moving on from a young man to a father [...]

    30. Travel stories are often written in linear fashion, with easily defined beginnings, middle and end (of the journey).Alastairs story is more than this. At times it captures those micro moments, when ordinary events in faraway places are extraordinary for visitors and travellers. As the story unfolded, I found myself drawn towards these small intimate moments when someone travels silently across a vast country, with no expectations and an open mind.

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