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Transit Lounge Paperback – Import, 13 Oct 2017
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Sunil is a software professional with over two decades of experience in the field of banking technology. Currently he is working with Infosys in India. He has earlier worked with McKinsey, Accenture and I-flex solutions. His work required extensive travelling to different parts of the world and this constituted the basis of his current book. He travelled to more than 30 countries across six continents and engaged with senior managements in different client organizations. He believes that there has been a remarkable change in perception about india over last 15 years. Sunil is an MBA from IIM-Lucknow and holds a B.Tech from IIT(ISM), Dhanbad. He completed his schooling in Bokaro Steel City, a relatively small town in Jharkhand, India. Sunil has avid interest in writing and has actively blogged on various platforms in the area of banking technology, consulting, leadership and changing role of media in the digital world. Twitter - @mishraksunil LinkedIn- /in/sunilkrmishra Facebook - @authorsunil
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Author: Sunil Mishra
Publisher: Leadstart Publishers
Publication Date: 16th October 2017
Number of Pages: 212
Have you ever traveled to different countries by just reading a book? I am lucky enough that I got the opportunity to read a book that not only gave me an overview of different continents and countries but also highlighted the various issues over there. Transit Lounge is a travel memoir by Sunil Mishra that describes his visit to thirty countries across six continents. The book is divided into 8 chapters:
Africa- Starting with the memorable trips
Middle-East, some little travelled destinations
United States of America- one of the most common destinations of Indians
Western Europe- Growth & prosperity of the past decades
Eastern Europe- Similar but fragmented
Australia & New Zealand- Gifted with abundance & natural beauty
Asian region and city states- Emerging nations on world stage
Latin America- Yet to be discovered by Indians
The book was written in a very simple and illustrative way. While reading the book the reader can feel as if she is present at that place. The text is highly accompanied by images at regular intervals. The book is written from an Indian tourist’s perspective. The book very well describes the issues that every country faces and how to deal with them as a traveller. It is more like a travel guide to me. Overall, it was a perfect and worthwhile read. I would recommend this book to all those who are keen to know about different countries and love to travel.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Book is all about one man's journey who is travelling for business and compares his own country (which is India) with some great countries. During his journey he saw many pros and cons of living in particular country, in this book he wrote about some bitter truths and some prickling lies. Which motivate us to work hard and to develop for better future. Seeing broad mind, driving on broad roads is what I call development, reading this book will, also teach you that how modern countries are still rooted to their cultures and give their best to pass their legacy to upcoming generation.
After end of this journey, there's something you carry back with yourself that is a sack of memories and a proper guide.......
Read this book it will keep you reminding to travel a lot and read a lot as well.
I recommend this every soul who loves to fly, get up and start packing..& don't forget to carry this book.
When the book took off with the travel experience at Ghana my thought was that the author might have kept the best for the last because there is not much to be written about an African country other than the overdone poverty and unhygienic living standards and theft. But my prejudice got a good setback when I read more about the experience in Ghana. Contrary to the general notion, author tells the readers that Ghana is a safe country with picturesque nature, well maintained roads and the most unexpected night life. While Ghana is an unexpected surprise Nigeria managed to maintain the prejudice as it is. Even after being an African country Egypt is always confused as a middle east country because of the religious indulgence. Despite this the country was quite developed about a decade back due to the so called dictatorial leadership. Mauritius is yet another surprise. Author has frequented this so called honeymoon destination for his business trips.
The anti Americanism of Iran is interesting read. Kuwait and UAE is quintessential examples of how oil has become the treasure for the natives who doesn't even consider moving a finger to get something done. The visit of turkey is accompanied reminders of the past when the country was transformed from orthodox Christianity to Muslim belief. The experience in USA is one of the longest chapters. Now comes UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France and Italy which forms the Western Europe which in turn happened to be on the prosperous side. The chapter on Italy could have bee elaborated more because the chapter left me wanting more on the architectural finesse as well as the Gondola and Fountains in Italy. Eastern Europe seems to be another continent and it is difficult to believe the proximity and yet diversity in living standards in these countries. When it comes to the Asian countries, it becomes more relatable and author has made a detailed analysis of the reasons why the GDP rates of the Asian countries varied so much. The icing on the cake would be Argentina and Venezuela which is a comparatively unexplored area for the Indians.
The book compares the living standard and lifestyle of Indians with that of the people of the countries he visited without prejudice and at some instances he has suggested a few alternatives to overcome the crisis in India as well. Hence the book is not merely a travelogue but an analytical account of the author's trips to the various countries. It is an abstract of the travels by the author in the past 15 years and to summarise the same in a 216 page book without losing the crux is not at all a cakewalk. Inspite of extending the whole experience to a huge encyclopedic book, author has made the purpose of the current capsule lovers.
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