Author – Dominic Franks
Rating – 5/5 stars
Number of Pages – 272
Publisher – Rupa Publications
Nautanki Diaries is a journey of dream and endurance author dreamed much before he actually had undertaken and hit the road in 2010. Inspired by his teacher who had gone on a similar yatra years ago. His experience helped him to stay put and push his limits to the edge of breaking down.
He explored his country from journey begins from Bengaluru to New Delhi to reach in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The author takes you on a journey of twenty-two days on a cycle describing the India he found reckon with conversations he has along the way.
Nautanki Diaries is a love story of a man and his ‘doodhwalla’ bicycle. Nautanki has her own tantrum and she is the best travel partner and a companion one would think of. She worthy to be trusted and takes good care of her rider not creating much ruckus when treated with love and care; regular service and oiling of her parts.
The time I started the book, I fell in love with Nautanki. She looks like the best companion Dominic can ever think he had. She is his travel partner and a girl-friend he trusted with his life.
The writing is at its best. One could not think of a better-written travelogue than this one. This is one of the best-written non-fiction travel diaries and I will like to read it again. It is a well-crafted smooth read with a quirky humor and candor. I like every inch of it and recommend to every reader wants to read something refreshingly new.
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 traveling on works, Franks holes up in Bengaluru where he lives, laughs and loves.
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