The Living Road is a motorcycle travelogue by Ajit Harisinghani and the second book I have read, written by him. Earlier one being One Life to Ride, which was travelogue of his Ladakh ride and I had read and reviewed it, back in 2008.
While I cannot accurately recall One Life to Ride, if my memory serves me right, The Living Road is written in a far better manner and is more interesting read than One Life to Ride. It could also be due to the fact that I haven’t yet visited Bhutan and I am quite eager to visit it and hence loved this book a lot more.
The motorcycle rider err… traveling speech therapist, considering number of people he consulted during the ride, seems to be quite an interesting person with an interesting outlook on life. Out on the road, he encounters many people and incidents which turn out to be quite funny and interesting due to how he takes them in stride and writes about them.
And this is what makes The Living Road such an interesting read. Although I wish the part about Bhutan was a little more extensive than what it is at the moment, but in case of a motorcycle ride, it is often the journey that matters more than the destination and in a way, it is also true in this case. Since about two third of the book is about Mr. Harisinghani’s ride from Pune to Bhutan and the rest about his actual experience in Bhutan.
Overall it is an interesting read and has humor which motorcyclists and road trippers alike will appreciate quite a bit.
Big thanks to Mr. Ajit Harisinghani and Amit Bothate for sending a autographed copy of The Live Road to me.