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Nautanki Diaries Paperback – 20 Feb 2018
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About the Author
Dominic Franks graduated from Bangalore Medical College. His passion for sports led him to give up his career in medicine and join a premier sports channel. In September 2010, he decided to go on a cross-country bicycle journey from Bengaluru to New Delhi to witness the Commonwealth Games. It’s Not About the Cycle—winner of Best Adventure Film at the 2017 Toronto Beaches Film Festival—stars Nautanki, his bicycle, the central character of Nautanki Diaries.
Currently, he is working on producing his first documentary feature about human-animal relationships. When not working to travel, or travelling for work, Franks holes up in Bengaluru where he lives, laughs and loves.
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This was a fun light-hearted read. The concept is original. This was one of those reads that made me actually enjoy the book.
An upbeat jaunty ride that fills you with mirthful laughter.
a travelogue what I feel must be something like City of Djinns by William Dalrymple, full of facts and history, yet gripping and captivating and the book that only. writing travel accounts is a critical subject and more critical are it’s retelling as if you do not know the tale properly and cannot narrate it in a gripping way then the reader would not find it interesting.
actually, the book is both a great and an ok read, it may differ on your viewpoint. being a traveller myself and even adding to that when I have a whole bunch of travel books, I find this book to appeal to those who love slow- like a cycle- and even to those who have just started reading travel books, still, the book is a good read.
this all criticism was just for some parts not for the whole book, for that only four stars.
the best part of the book is its beauty in the simplicity of language and the complex and gripping narrative. one cannot put down the book in the middle if you have started once.
for the narration, it is just mind-boggling. the way he captures each character and emotions in his pen would leave you enthralled. there are even many social issues like poverty, robbery and political powerplay explained in the book.
the character whom I loved the most was Nautanki- the cycle, for it, is only for her that the author writes this whole book and as it is her unusual tale, so is the title “nautanki diaries”.
a perfect tapestry of travel fun and imagination. not only children, each and everyone can relate to this story of this bicycle, Nautanki.
imaginative. intrigue. intense.
I would recommend the book to all the travel lovers and to people who love reading interesting travelogues and I am sure they would like the gripping story.
“Nautanki Diaries” is a travelogue of Dominic Franks where inspired by his mentor he decides to journey from Bengaluru to Delhi to attend 2010 Common Wealth Games on a cycle who he fondly christens as “Nautanki” along with a crew who documents it as the journey progresses.
Dominic Franks has documented his gritty, colorful and soulful journey in a manner that is simple yet humorous. The manner in which it all starts with a whim, the preparations for the same, the different stages of the journey is written in an engrossing manner where we can relate ourselves.
From his encounters with different people from various cultures to the simple tea and cigarette breaks of the journey, the author is able to describe the same effortlessly. The transition from state to state is seamless.
“Nautanki Diaries” is written in first person narrative. The chapters are dated well and there exists no dragging throughout the book. Personally, I felt the epilogue was overdramatized as compared to the rest of the book. But other than that the book is a delightful read and we are left mesmerized with the scenic journey that we take along with the author, both outside and inside.
This was my first book in this genre and all in all it was perhaps an adventure for me too. And I am glad and honored that I was able to do the same through the words of Dominic Franks.
For Dominic Franks’ well-written travelogue, my overall rating would be 4/5.
As a schoolboy, Dominic Franks looked up to his sports coach, Shikaari, as a mentor and inspiration. Shikaari inadvertently planted the seed of a journey that he himself had made in 1982 in his young student’s mind. Eventually, the author decides to use the same sort of ‘doodhwallah’ bicycle and names her Nautanki.
It is like an account of his 22-day journey from Bengaluru to New Delhi. On his way, he meets various persons and encounters various incidents. He experiences unusual things like eating in a dhaba, etc.
His curious encounters will not only entertain you but will make a deep place in your mind.
The story is well written and amazing. A fiction book which will take you on a tour of Indian diversity and culture.
A must-read book by Dominic Franks.
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