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Inner Trek: A Reluctant Pilgrim in the Himalayas | Mohan Ranga Rao | Book Review

  • Publisher: Coriander Press (16 November 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 248

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A retired Indian businessman Mohan Rao finds himself on an adventurous journey to Kailash Mansarovar, a holy mountain pilgrimage in Tibet, after being threatened by a Bangalore mob boss. This book traces his and his wife’s journey to the sacred Himalayas, the land of Lord Shiva.

Rao shares vivid details of his experience that led him to change the way he thought about himself and the world. A journey that started off as a one to complete a vow, as a display of fitness, eventually led him to the pure bliss of spiritual awakening.

Inner Trek is as much about overcoming the roadblocks to reach somewhere physically as it is about purging oneself to become a better version of oneself. I was deeply moved by Rao’s description of his path that took me to hilly terrains, lakes, mountainous regions, and more.

I was happy to find some of the snapshots from Rao’s pilgrimage. They were breathtakingly beautiful. Each aspect of the travel, the minutest possible, is covered very well in this memoir. I believe this personal touch to the entire narrative that has an abundance of emotions and reflections make Inner Trek a fascinating read.

In the end, when the couple completed the revered Kailash Parikarma, it felt like a personal win. I was moved by their dedication towards the task at hand and very much inspired to undertake this journey myself. The writing is smooth and the flow of the narrative transports us to Rao’s personal journey. That is beautiful indeed!

If you are up for reading a travel memoir that might help you as well in grounding yourself and learning about life, give this one a read.

‘Being touched by this energy, by this Grace, by the power of what is there at Kailash, can transform a human being forever.’ – Truly 🙂

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