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Great if you've been, are going or wished you could,
This review is from: Lonely Planet Journeys : In Rajasthan (Paperback)
I travelled through Rajasthan two years ago to many of the places described in the book. The descriptions of them seemed to me exactly as I had seen them, and transported me right back there. But Ms Grewal in her journey also reached the lives of local people which is difficult, as a foreign traveller, to access and understand, and it is this aspect of the book for me that is most intriguing and enlightening. It is not a history book, but one learns a lot about the context of the various tribes and people who she meets and the issues they face today.
Rajasthan is poor and many peoples' lives come across as very hard, but there is also great dignity in the lineage of these individuals which they are keen to maintain, and which Ms Grewal is keen to portray. I also enjoyed the description of the Parrots living next to opium fields.
Rajasthan is a beautiful place full of varied and wonderful people. Read this book to get a flavour of the place, especially if you are planning to travel there, as it may encourage you to explore further than you might do otherwise.