Don't Ask Any Old Bloke For Directions

Don't Ask Any Old Bloke For Directions  (English, Paperback, Tenzing Palden Gyatso)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Random House India
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9780143102991, 0143102990
    • Pages: 232
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    Don't Ask Any Old Bloke For Directions: A Biker's Whimsical Journey Across India is the motorcycle diary of a former IAS officer.

    Summary Of The Book

    After 20 years in the service, P. G. Tenzing decided to give it all up and indulge his biker’s soul. So, he resigned from the Indian Administrative Service and set off on his journey across the country.

    Don't Ask Any Old Bloke For Directions: A Biker's Whimsical Journey Across India is an account of the 25,000 kilometers journey that he went on over a period of nine months, starting from Trivandrum in Kerala to the upper reaches of the Himalayas.

    Packing his frugal luggage on his Enfield Thunderbird, he rode across the country and recorded his interesting experiences in the book. He recounts interesting encounters with people on the way, from barbers and waiters, to numerous other fleeting encounters.

    All the people he meets leave an impression on him, and he is a man of spiritual inclination who believes that these encounters are somehow preordained. He believed in the innate spiritual connection of the whole of humanity and also with the Universe. His interesting philosophical observations are accompanied by commentaries on the plight of the people in India’s Northeast.

    It is an interesting travelogue, recording the rich diversity in food, customs, habits and language of the people of the various states he crosses on his epic journey. His observations of the people and the situations he encounters are sometimes humorous and many times philosophical.

    Don't Ask Any Old Bloke For Directions: A Biker's Whimsical Journey Across India records the roadtrip of a lifetime of a deeply spiritual man who wanted to go on a ‘karmic journey’. He had the courage to follow his heart, and his life was enriched by the experience. An experience he has shared delightfully with his readers, through the written word using this book.

    About P. G. Tenzing

    P. G. Tenzing was a former IAS officer.

    This book is his record of his epic journey across India at the age of 43, taking voluntary retirement to undertake this journey. He was the Higher Education Secretary of Kerala. He is remembered as a honest and fun-loving person by his co-workers. He belonged to the 1986 batch of IAS officers. He died of cancer in 2010. His wife Ambica is a Sikkim-cadre IAS officer. They have two daughters.

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    • 129 mm
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    Just OK

    Nothing great about this book, it was plain OK. To be honest, I struggled to complete reading it. Yes there are anecdotes but those were not good enough for me to remain glued.
    I ideally would have preferred giving it a miss.
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    Rohit Saksena

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    The best ever Indian road Trip

    Having read all the other books on pan India motorcycle tours, PG Tenzing's book is hands down, the best ever written on the topic.
    It has a certain feel about the character of the person being shaped as he travels more and most importantly as he meets new people and old friends on the way.
    The other popular book written by Ajit Harisinghani is even more boring than the most boring journey you might have taken, without any surprises on the way, or the quirkiness of the general Indian junta. ...
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    Alok

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    Oct, 2014

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    go for it without a second thought.............

    Got a beautiful feeling while reading this…. amazing write up…not everyone knew how to lead n live life…. he knows the purpose of life… he got a call n he first left everything then sadly everyone…… such a great man… Rest in peace!!
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    Gnanendra Reddy

    Nov, 2014

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    nice book

    Bought this book as I am also an avid rider. Its a nice book very well written. I liked the book very much. Thank you flipkart for selling such a nice book. Great packaging and superfast delivery as usual.
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    Sk Samiul Haque

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    May, 2013

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    An inspiration for all who ride Royal Enfield Bullet!

    An ex-IAS officer riding around the Indian subcontinent on a Bullet is a must read for anyone who loves road trips, motorcycles, and of course; Royal Enfield Bullet.

    If you own a Bullet and thinking to do something worthwhile with it but you are not finding enough inspiration. Read this book. It is one among the three books that inspired me ride and later write for a living.
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    Raghu Raj Murmu

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    Oct, 2012

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    RIP PG Tenzing

    P G Tenzing was an awesome guy. He had an awesome experience with his life and was awesome enough to share it with us. The book inspires you to break out of the ordinary life and be awesome.
    Hats off to you Mr Tenzing. Hope you were alive so that i could have met you personally.
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    Kislay

    Jun, 2012

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    Preparation for the rode trip around motherland

    Eversince "The Motorcycle Diaries" I always wanted to go on a road trip. This book has been an introduction on Indian conditions. The romanticism for such an endavour has increased. It was a great attempt by a good soul. RIP. The connection to spirituality and humor in this book kept me reading. This is not a literary extravaganza. It is written by heart and intent.
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    Balachandra Bitra

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    Jun, 2012

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    Live your dream !!!

    A well written book which creates an urge to stop Dreaming and live your Dreams ... Hats off to the author..May his soul Rest in Peace ...

    Regarding Flipkart, excellent service as well... the despatched the product as usual.
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    Aneesh V K

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    Jun, 2012

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    Amazing Read

    The author has written a great description on his expedition (or whatever it may be called). He has a great sense of humor and a sense of writing which grips the reader to want more.The books is really un-putdownable. And the best part is his deep spiritual insights in combination with the everyday things happening with him.
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    Soumya Bhattacharya

    Jun, 2012

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    adventure freak and daring person

    well the book deals with the intricacies of bureaucratic life n babudom,together with the zeal to connect oneself with god through "thamzi".i read the book in 2009 itself n then it had already created ripples amongst all sections of readers...the story was not the typical stereotype but a fresh and adventure filled...it exemplifies the buddhism aspect in sikkim which is quite obvious,due to his roots...a must read for any fun loving individual
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    Thinlay Chophel

    Mar, 2012

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