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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Journeys with the Caterpillar: Travelling through the islands of Flores and Sumba, Indonesia by Shivaji Das is a book with Indonesia as the backdrop and looked at from the author's perspective. The travelogue is engaging and captures the attention of any reader. Shivaji and Lobo go on a trip to exotic places like Bali, Flores, Rinca, Komodo, and Sumba. They share their adventure with readers. The book is written like a journal. The whole experience of reading the book is educational.
Books written like travelogues always evoke a lot of interest in readers because they get to read about a new country, place, or region, and they get to know about the culture and tradition of that place. The beauty and rich diversity of Indonesia can be understood by reading this book. The author covers all the aspects of the country with his sharp eye. I liked the author's style of writing. It is neat, flows well, and his sense of humor is evident in the way he has narrated his experiences. The pictures give details about the places mentioned and they also add to the visual beauty.
The author's observation and writing style makes this book a sure winner. The exotic locales in Indonesia are described well and the book works as an excellent tourist guide for those who are planning to travel to Indonesia. The simple lifestyle of the people living in Indonesia has been captured well and put across for readers to feel the essence and beauty of the place.