Monday, 24 April 2017
The Road to East India
It was written during Devika's journey, alone, in 1976, when she was just 22 years of age.
Her journey began in England when she left home and arrived in Amsterdam in 1975. She worked hard for several months and saved her money for the beginning of her epic solo journey.
She boarded the once famed "Magic Bus" to Iran, continuing her journey through Afghanistan and Pakistan until she arrived at her destination, India.
Once in India she travelled extensively.
Devika points out that the journey she took would be utterly impossible today due to the changes that have taken place in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The diary is a very well-written, intelligent and witty account of her travels.
It contains some interesting and illuminating comments on Mother Teresa, how she smuggled cloves into Sri Lanka to make some money, a song that she wrote about Sri Lanka, how she found an Ashram where she was able to learn about meditation at the feet of a spiritual master.
She reports that she met much kindness on her journey and made friends wherever she travelled.
Although the book is well worth buying its sparse images, plus a lack of any colour images is somewhat puzzling.
The book is published by Matador at £7.99 and can be bought at the That's Books bookshop at https://goo.gl/Ltov34.