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In the historic Indian town of Agra, you can find a very unusual tour company, which is owned by a charming young man named Raj. Although Raj's official job is to show off the historical landmarks of Agra, including the legendary Taj-Mahal, his true mission is to heal the souls of his broken "birds," as he affectionately refers to his tour participants. His business ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published January 15th 2016 by Balboa Press
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Kshitij
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A trip to Tajmahal is all that it takes to unload your mental and emotional baggage. Taj is one of the seven wonders of world and symbol of love. Raj is an emphatic tour guide who has a gift to heal others. Meera is his ideal companion.

Raj is a tour guide who does no promotion or publicity. His business run on word of mouth publicity. He has a knack of feeling emotional traumas of others and heal them. He is in a way a therapist though not having a professional degree. His method is also
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 Ashwini Gopalkrishnan
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Voyagers into Unknown by Ruchira Khanna has won my heart .The story is of a touristor Raj who takes no so happy clients to see the seventh wonder of India and what happens further in this journey is must read ..as the author explores the inner most emotions which we cannot see through our naked eyes but can feel it deeply .Our inner emotion i.e. subconscious emotions does not vary like our current conscious mind as our accumulated actions over 30 years may cause the feeling of chaos , confusion ...more
Rubina
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
New age of Tourism ..
Meet Raj. A dashing, young tourist guide but with a twist. A man who takes you in a journey of self revelation and realization. Who is not just a guide but a man who makes you shed the past; helps you to make amends for a better future and most of all helps you to find your inner peace. Who wouldn't want to have such a noble soul as a tourist guide?

As I waded through the sea of human afflictions, I could not but ask myself has the author made some grand declaration that she
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Amit Yadav
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Voyagers Into the Unknown” by Ruchira Khanna has a very unique & interesting plot. The protagonist Raj runs a tourist company & his new clients are the ones who were recommended by those who have availed his services in the past & it has transformed their life.

Carl wants his wife Barbara back. Darci & Lennard are worried about their sinking married life. A kind of dark & nasty silence exists between them now what was once used to be filled with joy & laughter. Ira is
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Meenakshi
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have always been fascinated and mesmerized by the TajMahal.I have visited the monument thrice and every single time have been left spellbound.And to be honest, the book cover made me opt this book for a review! I was sent a digital copy of the book through TheBookClub in exchange for my honest review.
The book title is apt to the story line and we get to know that it does revolve around the city of Agra and the monument TajMahal.The blurb more or less covers the first part of the story

The idea
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Floryie
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy in exchange for an unbiased review and this doesn't impact my review in any way.

This is a first time author for me and I went in without any expectation. The blurb was the one which caught my attention. It sounded intriguing and I was ready to read a book with more depth to it. The book ended up being a good one with memorable lessons for thought gleaned from its pages.

The starting was done in a different style of introducing each character followed by their background. So
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Vasudha Rao
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jennifer S. Alderson
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Voyagers is a charming story set in Agra, India. The author's easy to read style pulled me in quickly. Agra and the Taj Mahal are well described.

Travel director Raj has built up a reputation for being able to help those suffering from broken hearts find love again. I liked Raj and am glad he was the main character. I did think his clients sometimes found the solutions to their problems rather easily. Regardless, I look forward to reading more of Raj's adventures.

3.5 stars
Privy Trifles
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Having read Ruchira's previous works I already had some expectations in mind before I started reading this book. In a way Ruchira has outdone herself in this. There is a steep improvement in terms of narration and the character building. Also she has grown as a writer. For each one of us out there, I am sure we will resonate atleast with one character from this story.

It is a very heart warming tale, written with honesty that reflects in every word of the book and holds the reader's attention
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Reshma Ranjan
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A spiritual voyage into the unknown indeed!

An amazing journey into one's spiritual self. A tour guide to guide you across not just through historical town Agra but also into the depths of yourself. A journey where we meet people who are struggling to find their footholds in their life and Raj the tour guide is there just to get them their firm feet under them back.
Loved the journey of each character. A spiritual voyage into the unknown indeed!
Nimi
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Ruchira Khanna's Voyagers into the Unknown is a story of finding happiness in whatever life dishes out to us.

It begins with 'Arrival of the Birds' in the historic city of Agra. A city where chaos mingles with the beauty of history. 'Birds' are the tourists who are to join the tour of Raj Touristry - a tour that is more about resolving personal issues than just exploring the city.

Ira is recovering from a broken relationship.
The tension between Darci and Lennard Jensen is glaringly obvious. There
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Sunita Saldhana
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it

The story is about Raj, the owner of a tourist firm who believes he can change the lives of his clients for the better. So he only takes on those clients who have suffered some personal loss or trauma and need emotional healing. It is the story of six people’s journey from pain to living life again. The group is a motley bunch. We have Carl who is a divorced workaholic who realises that money is a cold bed fellow; Ira who is suicidal after her husband leaves her, Darci and Lennard who love each
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Janaki
Jun 01, 2016 added it
VOYAGERS INTO THE UNKNOWN is a unique story (my first of this genre) and a compelling story. 5 foreigners come to Agra not just for sight seeing but also to transform their lives. It is their journey of discovery of self along with discovering new people and new places.

Raj who runs ‘Raj Touristry,’ promises his ‘birds’ as he calls them that the trip will change their lives forever. True to his words, with the unexpected turn of events, his clients leave India changed…forever.

This is a fast
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Nikita Jhanglani
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
The storyline is a well-thought out one and you can make out that the author believes in her story. Her attempt to pass on that belief to her readers is a decent effort and has come out well. The story has a good flow to it, not having abrupt transitions and leap of faith situations.

I also liked the author’s use of a balanced vocabulary.

Her characters are sketched well, although I thought Ira was far too rude and complicated to be believable. The characters are shown to fly into India from, all
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Ruchi Singh
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary
Ruchira Khanna comes up with another tale touching another aspect of humanity; empathy and compassion.

Raj is a tour guide, but he is also looking for healing the broken souls. He comes in touch with many such people who are looking for some kind of understanding and sympathy to come out of their depressive life. And Raj is their saviour. He understands them, lifts their spirit up by positive reinforcement and turn them towards the optimism in life.

A lovely story to be read and savoured slowly.
Erika
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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"In the historic Indian town of Agra, you can find a very unusual tour company, which is owned by a charming young man named Raj. Although Raj’s official job is to show off the historical landmarks of Agra, including the legendary Taj-Mahal, his true mission is to heal the souls of his broken “birds,” as he affectionately refers to his tour participants. His business operates purely upon word-of-mouth referrals, ensuring that all of his tour members arrive in Agra with their hearts
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