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'Becoming a Mountain' is a must read for those who want to look for calm and peace of mind

Vivek Tejuja | http://vivekisms

First published: January 10, 2015, 12:03 AM IST | Updated: January 10, 2015
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'Becoming a Mountain' is a must read for those who want to look for calm and peace of mind
"Becoming a Mountain" by Stephen Alter is more than just a travelogue.

I have always been wary of reading travelogues. I somehow feel that the author may not be able to capture the scenic beauty or the imagery of the place through a book.

I honestly believe that one needs to experience it for oneself. Travelogues also have this strange element that lend to the reader - that of wanting to get out of the door and exploring the world - wide and ready to be jumped into.

"Becoming a Mountain" by Stephen Alter is more than just a travelogue. It is also born out of catharsis and at the same time it is personal enough to be a memoir, it is also a guide to live, and yet it is a combination of all of these.

It is the kind of book that demands attention and time away from everything and everyone. A must read for all those who want to look for calm and some peace of mind.

Book Name: Becoming a Mountain : Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime
Author: Stephen Alter
Price: Rs 396
Publishers: Aleph Book Company

Vivek Tejuja works at Flipkart and loves to recommend books.

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