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Voyagers Into the Unknown by Ruchira Khanna
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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 will try to change the lives the travelers? Will her characters resonate with me in real life? But more than that the main question was...

Can philosophy change a person’s perception or her/his outlook in life?
Serious questions raised but then this kind of books makes you ponder, question your belief and something which I sincerely doubt I can ever do in my life – forgive and move on. The cover of the book itself made me homesick. Become more aware of the road now less traveled. Ashamed.

The story follows a linear pattern where the conflict is not important but the journey is. In the beginning of the story when we are introduced to the characters, there is a huge buildup of emotions - something waiting to happen. The anticipation of this made me rush through the pages. But it was not easy for I had to stop at multiple places and ponder on a question being raised.

Coming together...
People from all walks of life come to meet Raj and use his services to visit the Taj. Raj has a past yet he has moved on. Found love and also has a bundle of positive energy to help others reach the same level of self realization.

But not all humans are same...
Every member who comes to Raj is undergoing some problem in his life. Some are with their loved ones, yet emotionally detached. Some have lost their loved ones and need a helping hand to move on. Few have lost their love to death and yet cling to their memories, afraid to let go for life would be unthinkable sans them.

A cacophony of emotions...
With every turn of the page new characters came across with magnitudes of problems. Raj was the only constant factor which remained static. But from Ira Addison to the complicated relationship of Lennard and Darci all scream for attention. A scream that should have been broken down into tiny incidents. But the author remained focused in their journey to reach their destination.

What is their destination?
Ms. Khanna makes it very apparent that it is not only a trip to see the Taj from the very beginning. But is it just a journey to self realization? I don't think so. It is more about acceptance of who you are. That this is where the author astounded me with her knowledge of philosophy and life. To me Raj became the author’s spokesperson.

Layered story telling
That waiting for something to happen by the middle of the story can be pretty daunting. Do not give it up as you will reach the scene of accident and after that the story takes a 360 degree turn. All in all it triggered the right kind of curiosity and an OMG kind of a moment.

Reasoning for the star rating…
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February 29, 2016 – Shelved
February 29, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
February 29, 2016 – Shelved as: reviewed
February 29, 2016 – Finished Reading

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