Riding God’s Axe & Kerala- the Divine Destination
Author: Siva Sadasivan & Lalitha Balasubramanian (respectively)
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
I got my hands on these two books as review copies and I am glad I chose them. A treasure of information and perspectives, these books offer immense knowledge and minutiae of God’s own country- Kerala. Written in different narrative styles, each one has a beauty of its own.
Riding God’s Axe
With a plain and non-appealing cover, this book has author’s narratives about his journey by train within the state of Kerala. With long descriptions of feelings and emotions, the content gives the readers a feeling of being physically present and experiencing the same. Lucid and understandable, the vocabulary is not that difficult and time and again typos can be seen. Even the monologues become dreary at times, but still, the exquisite descriptions of the magnificent tea estates, lush green carpets and the magnificent mountains win the heart over.
Kerala- The Divine Destination
This book might be savoured by the spiritual neurons that are in the constant urge to resolve the ethos of life. Covering the minutiae of religious places spread across the land of Kerala, it serves as a comprehensive guide for the travellers. Though pictures are amiss, yet the details and the beautiful descriptions of the temples appeal to the readers. Not only does this reflect the amount of effort put in by the authoress but also projects her prowess in penning down a travel guide in form of a novella.
I liked the subtle cover too. The language is simple and understandable. I only longed for some nice colourful pictures as that might have enhanced the overall impact of the content.