I do not enjoy travel books. I never have. May be it is because I am envious that I wasn’t there while the author was enjoying and making the most of a new city in a new country or it is because I so want to be there that I’d rather be there than read about it. I enjoy travelling more than reading about it. I always thought I would not enjoy a travelogue till Blogadda.com sent me a copy of, “Adrift – A Junket Junkie in Europe” – written by Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu.
Adrift thankfully is not your usual Eat, Pray, Love travel kind of book. It is genuinely different and how so you may ask? First it is a book only of 106 pages and that is great for any reader who wants to read a travelogue – because the author is not giving away much and yet at the same time enough has been written to evoke interest. Adrift is one summer in the author’s life in Europe – its sights, smells, tastes, sounds and enriching experiences. She has described almost everything – the airport, the places she stayed at, the houses, the scenes from the houses and most importantly the cities she visited.
I loved the structure of the book – from the journey to the end of it – the places you visit with the author as you go along – Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, France, and Great Britain. Puneetinder does not let her writing get too sentimental or too pedantic at any point. The style is easy going and would appeal to almost any reader, even the one who does not like reading the travel genre. The writing keeps things simple – it does not tend to confuse the reader. Moreover the pictures in the book spread across eight pages only spreads a smile across the reader’s face.
Adrift makes you believe that even you can actually take off and visit Europe the way the author did. Her description is breathtaking in the sense that you just want to take off and visit those places. Every place is meticulously described and the good thing is that it doesn’t end up being a Lonely Planet Guide. Puneetinder keeps in mind about the pace and content of the book. What I also liked was that before every chapter there was a quote mentioned by a famous author – from Steinbeck to St. Augustine to Dorothy Parker.
Adrift is one of those books that you want to curl-up with. It isn’t preachy. It isn’t boring. It isn’t what you think it will be. Adrift is a book that will keep you company as you are waiting in a lobby of a hotel to meet someone or at a cafe and trust me: You will daydream about the places as you read.